Iran Guards Commander Ties Pakistan, Saudi, UAE to Deadly Attack

(Bloomberg) -- The commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards criticized Pakistan for providing support to terrorists who killed 27 personnel in a suicide bomb attack in southeast Iran this week.

Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari said Pakistan’s government was sheltering groups behind the Wednesday attack and “had to be held accountable for the crime,” the semi-official Tasnim News Agency reported. The attack coincided with a U.S.-led summit in Warsaw focused on rallying support against Iran.

The general also singled out the United Arab Emirates and regional rival Saudi Arabia in connection with the incident, warning that Iran’s “patience” with them “will be different.” Jafari accused them of acting on behalf of the U.S. and Israel.

The attack, in Iran’s southeast Sistan-Baluchistan region bordering Pakistan, was the single deadliest assault on the IRGC since the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s.

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