MIDDLE EAST

27 Iranian Revolutionary Guards killed in suicide bombing

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A suicide attack Wednesday on a Revolutionary Guards bus in southeastern Iran killed at least 27 people and left 13 more wounded, the official news agency IRNA reported.

At least 27 members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards were killed in a suicide bombing on Wednesday in southeastern Iran.

At least 13 others were injured in the attack in Sistan and Baluchistan province-Iran's second-largest.

In a statement, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said a bomb-laden vehicle targeted a bus carrying personnel.

The Jaish al-Adl ("Army of Justice"), which claims to support Sunni rights in Shia Iran, claimed responsibility for the attack.

Iranian government officials have yet to make a statement.

Meanwhile, Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif took Twitter: "Is it no coincidence that Iran is hit by terror on the very day that #WarsawCircus begins?"

"Especially when cohorts of same terrorists cheer it from Warsaw streets & support it with Twitter bots? US seems to always make the same wrong choices, but expect different results," Zarif added.

Representatives of several Arab and Western states attended a U.S.-sponsored Mideast conference held in Warsaw on Feb. 13-14. The international ministerial meeting will discuss peace and security in the Middle East, and critical issues such as terrorism, missile development and proliferation.

Separately, a Sunni cleric in Iran, Molavi Abdolhamid Ismaeelzahi condemned the attack.

Ismaeelzahi said people of Sistan and Baluchistan were suffering from such attacks: "The only victims of [such attacks] are our people who want to live in peace and security."

Meanwhile, the governorship of the province declared three-day period of mourning after the attack.

Last September an attack on a military parade in Ahvaz, in southwestern Iran killed 25 people -- including Revolutionary Guard members -- and wounded dozens, in one of the deadliest attacks in the country in years.

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