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.


Philippines seizes drugs in upscale area, arrests 4 Chinese

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Philippines seizes drugs in upscale area, arrests 4 Chinese

  • Three Chinese nationals and a Chinese-Filipino man were arrested late Tuesday during “buy-bust” raids
  • The drugs were concealed in tea wrappers similar to those seized in Malaysia, Thailand and Myanmar

MANILA: Philippine authorities have seized more than 160 kilograms (350 pounds) of methamphetamine concealed in tea wrappers in their second-largest drug haul this year in a sign of how the problem has persisted despite the president’s bloody crackdown on illegal drugs.
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Aaron Aquino says three Chinese nationals and a Chinese-Filipino man, who works as an interpreter, were arrested late Tuesday during “buy-bust” raids in an upscale residential enclave and outside a shopping mall in metropolitan Manila.
Aquino said Wednesday the drugs were concealed in tea wrappers similar to those seized in Malaysia, Thailand and Myanmar and indicated an international syndicate was behind the trafficking.
Thousands of mostly poor drug suspects have died in President Rodrigo Duterte’s crackdown on illegal drugs since he took office in mid-2016.