Gunmen kill state prosecutor in Iran’s Sistan province

Posted: November 8, 2013 in Current Affairs, World Affairs
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DUBAI: Gunmen shot dead a public prosecutor and his driver in southeastern Iran on Wednesday, Iranian media said, less than two weeks after militants killed 14 Iranian border guards nearby and Tehran retaliated by hanging 16 prisoners.

The gunmen shot dead public prosecutor Musa Nouri and his driver as he was on his way to work, Iranian news agencies said. The pair were “martyred in a hail of bullets from Kalashnikov rifles”, Fars news agency quoted the province’s chief justice Ibrahim Hamidi as saying.

“The assassination is likely the result of enforcing justice in the province,” another Fars news report quoted Rajabali Sheikhzadeh, deputy governor of Sistan-Balochistan province, as saying.

The killings, in the city of Zabol, near to where the borders of Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan meet, come at a time of heightened tension in the region as separatist Sunni militants step up attacks on officially Shia Iran. Heavily armed drug smugglers are also active in the region.

Fourteen Iranian border guards were killed and at least three others captured in an attack in Sistan-Balochistan on the border with Pakistan on Oct 25. The previously little known group Jaish ul-Adl said it had carried out the attack.

Iranian judges in the provincial capital responded by hanging 16 people they called terrorists the next day.

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