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Pakistan to probe militant attack on Iran border guards

April 8, 2015

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan has asked Iran to share information on the killing of eight Iranian border guards by militants so it can ensure they do not flee across the porous border.

Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency reported that gunmen killed the guards in Iran’s volatile southeast Sistan-Baluchistan province on Monday. It said the Jeish al-Adl group, which is believed to be inspired by al-Qaida, claimed responsibility and had targeted the guards after crossing in from Pakistan.

On Wednesday Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said authorities were investigating the incident and requested Tehran share its findings.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is expected in Islamabad on Wednesday to discuss the conflict in Yemen, where a Saudi-led air campaign supported by Pakistan is battling Iranian-supported Shiite rebels.

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