Pakistan says Iran based Baluch separatist group carried out deadly attack

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A police officer examines damaged train cars of a train after an explosion, near Naseerabad, southwest Pakistan, Sunday, March 17, 2019. Police said a bomb explosion aboard a moving train has killed at least three passengers and wounded several others in the country's volatile southwest. Officer Abdullah Jamali said the bomb went off in one of the cars of a Quetta-bound train early Sunday, damaging five cars. No one claimed responsibility, but ethnic Baluch separatists have attacked trains in the past. (AP Photo/Aamer Hussain)

ISLAMABAD:  Pakistan‘s foreign ministry says militants crossing over from Iran earlier this week carried out a deadly attack against its armed forces in the southwestern Baluchistan province.

The ministry said in a letter to the Iranian government on Saturday that the assailants came from a newly formed Baluch separatist group, Raji Aajoi Sangar, based in Iran’s adjacent Baluchistan province. It urged Iran to act against the attackers who had fled back across the border.

Groups operating both within Pakistan‘s and Iran’s Baluchistan provinces, which share a long border, seek independence from both countries.

The ministry said that the “killing of 14 innocent Pakistanis by terrorist groups based in Iran is a very serious incident that Pakistan protests strongly.”

The announcement came a day before Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to Iran.