Iranian border guard killed in fight with armed group near Iraq

The commander did not identify the militant group. (AFP/File)
Updated 18 March 2019
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Iranian border guard killed in fight with armed group near Iraq

  • Iranian forces were guarding the border against smuggling, illegal immigration and militant infiltration
  • Iran’s commander of border guards said the soldier was killed by an armed group

LONDON: An Iranian guard was killed in a fight with an armed group near the western border with Iraq, local media reported on Monday.
Iran’s armed forces have been stepping up their presence along its borders to prevent smuggling, illegal immigration and militant infiltration.
“Last night around 9 p.m., the border guards who were trying to stop armed smugglers entering the country had a fight with armed bandits,” Tasnim news agency quoted Kiumars Sheikhi, commander of the border guards in Kermanshah province as saying.
He said a member of the Baneh county border patrol had been killed in the fight.
Sheikhi said members of the armed group were planning a sabotage operation in Iran, but did not give details or say whether they were connected to militant groups.
In July, militants killed 10 Iranian Revolutionary Guards in an attack on a post on the Iraqi border, an area where armed opposition Kurdish groups are active.
Daesh militants have also entered Iran via the border with Iraq, which is left porous by poor coordination between Iranian and Iraqi security forces.
Attacks against police officers and border guards are also common along Iran’s border with Pakistan. A suicide bomber from a Sunni militant group killed 27 members of the elite Revolutionary Guards last month in a southeastern region which has seen a rise in attacks by Sunni militants based in Pakistan.
Border guards trying to defend against militant groups in the impoverished provinces have faced criticism for shooting at smugglers.


UK rightly concerned about protecting goods in Strait of Hormuz: defense minister

Updated 19 min 38 sec ago
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UK rightly concerned about protecting goods in Strait of Hormuz: defense minister

  • Relations between Tehran and the West have been increasingly strained
  • Britain earlier seized an Iranian tanker in Gibraltar

LONDON: Britain is rightly concerned about protecting its goods in the Strait of Hormuz, defense minister Penny Mordaunt said on Thursday following tensions with Iran over the passage of vessels in the Gulf.
Relations between Tehran and the West have been increasingly strained after Britain seized an Iranian tanker in Gibraltar and London said the British Heritage, operated by oil company BP, had been approached in the strait between Iran and the Arabian peninsula.
“We are rightly concerned about protecting our goods in the Straits of Hormuz,” she said.