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Pakistan frees Iranian guards
Eleven Revolutionary Guards freed after brief detention over crossing border.
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2009 06:11 GMT
 

Pakistani authorities have released 11 Iranian Revolutionary Guards detained a day earlier for trespassing into Pakistani territory, officials
have said.

The guards were arrested in the Mashkhel area on the border with Iran eight days after a suicide bomber killed 42 people in Iran's southeastern Sistan-Baluchestan province.

Jundollah (God's soldiers), a Sunni group, claimed responsibility for that attack but Iran said the group operated from Pakistan.

Iranian TV reported that some of the country's border police had been pursuing suspected drug dealers along the border, before following them into Pakistan where the suspects and guards were arrested.

Iranian police said that continuing to chase suspects who had fled into Pakistan was the normal procedure.

Border tensions

Relations between Iran and Pakistan have generally been good, but tension rose after Iran said last week's suicide bombing would affect relations.

Last week a senior Revolutionary Guards commander said his force should be given permission to confront terrorists inside Pakistan.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran's president, said Jundollah operates from across the border in Pakistan, and urged Pakistan to hand over its leader, Abdolmalik Rigi.

Islamabad said it would help to find the perpetrators but denied the claim and that Rigi was in Pakistan.

Source:
Al Jazeera and agencies
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