On February 16, the chief commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), General Mohammad Ali Jafari, said that Iran would give a “decisive” response to a February 13 terrorist attack which killed 27 IRGC personnel in the southeastern Sistan and Baluchestan province.
“The patience that the establishment once exercised against conspiracies and reactionary regimes in the region, especially Saudi Arabia and the UAE which carry out these acts on orders from the US and the Zionist regime, will be different and we will definitely take reparative measures,” Ali Jafari said, according to Press TV.
“The treacherous government of Saudi and Emirates should know that the patience of the Islamic Republic about your hidden support for criminals and Takfiri groups has come to an end and Iran will not tolerate it anymore.”
The general also adressed the alleged Pakistani support to the terrorists.
“The Pakistani government which has sheltered these counter-revolutionary elements dangerous to Islam and knows their hideout – they are supported by Pakistani security forces – should be responsible for this crime,” he said.
“If Pakistan does not punish them, we will definitely take reparative measures against this counter-revolutionary force in the near future, and the Pakistani government will have to bear the consequences of its support for the group.”
On February 13, an car bomb rammed into a bus carrying the IRGC personnel on the road between the cities of Zahedan and Khash. At least 27 IRGC members were killed and 13 others were wounded.