Gunmen kill 2 Guard members in southeastern Iran

Members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard secure the area outside the Iranian parliament during an attack on the complex in the capital Tehran on June 7, 2017. (File/AFP)
Updated 21 July 2019

Gunmen kill 2 Guard members in southeastern Iran

  • State TV blamed the attack late Saturday on “terrorists” without elaborating
  • The southeastern Sistan and Baluchistan province has been the scene of past clashes involving Sunni militants and drug smugglers

TEHRAN: Iranian state TV says gunmen have killed two members of the Revolutionary Guard and wounded another two near the border with Pakistan.

State TV blamed the attack late Saturday on “terrorists” without elaborating. The southeastern Sistan and Baluchistan province has been the scene of past clashes involving Sunni militants and drug smugglers.

In February, an Al-Qaeda-linked group carried out a suicide car bomb attack against a bus carrying members of the Revolutionary Guard, killing at least 27 of them.
The Revolutionary Guard is an elite paramilitary group that is larger than the regular armed forces and answers directly to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the final say on all state matters.


Lebanon presidency delays consultations to name prime minister

Updated 9 min 25 sec ago

Lebanon presidency delays consultations to name prime minister

  • The delay is to allow for more discussion on the government formation

BEIRUT: The Lebanese presidency said it delayed consultations to designate a new prime minister until Thursday in response a request from caretaker Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri, who had been expected to be named premier again.
The delay to the consultations, which had been due to take place on Monday, was to allow for “more consultation on the subject of the government formation,” the presidency said on its Twitter feed.