A bomb attack in southeastern Iran targetting staff members of the country’s elite Revolutionary Guard has killed at least 11 people and injured 31 others. A bomb hidden in a car exploded as the bus passed by.
Local authorities say one person behind the blast was killed in the incident. They say they have made five arrests.
A Sunni Muslim group linked to al-Qaed in the past called Jundallah or “Allah’s Brigade” has taken responsibility for the attack.
It took place in the city of Zahedan, on the border with Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The Revolutionary Guard was founded following the 1979 Revolution as a force tied to the Supreme Leader – currently the Ayatollah Ali Khameini.
One of its commanders described the attack in Zahedan as “terrorism”.
However, clerics, wary of sectarian tension, have urged Iranians – who are overwhelmingly Shi’ite – not to blame Sunnis for the attack.