Six dead in Iran armed clash near Pakistan border

In this file photo, Iranian soldiers stand guard on a mound built to prevent drug trafficking in the Mirjaveh point where the borders of Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan meet, on Dec. 2, 2003. (AFP)
Updated 17 April 2018
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Six dead in Iran armed clash near Pakistan border

  • Three “terrorists” and three members of the Iranian security forces were killed
  • Sistan-Baluchistan is poor and home to a population that is predominantly Sunni and ethnic Baluchi

TEHRAN: Three “terrorists” and three members of the Iranian security forces were killed during night-time clashes along Iran’s border with Pakistan, state news agency IRNA reported on Tuesday.
“At 0130 this morning (2100 GMT Monday], a terrorist group from Pakistan attacked” a police post in the border area of Mirjaveh, around 75 kilometers southeast of Zahedan, the capital of Sistan-Baluchistan province, IRNA said.
Three of the attackers were killed along with a police officer and two members of the Revolutionary Guards, it added.
Iran has criticized Pakistan in the past for supporting the Jaish Al-Adl jihadist group, which it accuses of ties to Al-Qaeda and carrying out numerous attacks in Sistan-Baluchistan.
The restive province is poor and home to a population that is predominantly Sunni and ethnic Baluchi, in a country where 90 percent are Shiite and two-thirds are Persian.
From 2005 to 2010, Sistan-Baluchistan suffered a prolonged insurgency by the Balochi-Sunni jihadist group Jundallah, meaning “soldiers of Allah,” although violence was largely curbed after the killing of its leader in mid-2010.


Philippine president’s fiercest critic ordered arrested

Updated 25 September 2018
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Philippine president’s fiercest critic ordered arrested

  • Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said that he would agree to be arrested after a Manila court issued a warrant
  • A Makati regional trial court officer said Trillanes can post bail for the rebellion case

MANILA, Philippines: A court has ordered Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s fiercest critic in Congress arrested after the president revoked the senator’s 2011 amnesty for a failed coup attempt and revived rebellion charges against him.
Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV told a news conference Tuesday that he would agree to be arrested after a Manila court issued a warrant. The former military officer has been taking refuge in the Senate to avoid arrest before a warrant was issued.
Trillanes said “darkness and evil have prevailed in the country.” He called Duterte’s move a blow to democracy.
A Makati regional trial court officer said Trillanes can post bail for the rebellion case.
Trillanes said he could still be locked up by authorities for other reasons considering Duterte’s zeal to have him and other critics jailed.