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Pakistan strikes 'terrorist hideouts' in Iran

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Agence France-Presse

Two days after an Iranian attack on its territory, Pakistan announced Thursday that it had carried out “strikes against terrorist hideouts” in Iran overnight, which left seven dead, according to Iranian public television. Three women and four children were killed in explosions in the southeast of the country, Iranian state media reported.

This morning, Pakistan carried out a series of highly coordinated and specifically targeted precision strikes against terrorist hideouts in the Sistan-Baluchistan province in southeastern Iran, Pakistan announced in a statement. Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

A number of terrorists were killed, he said.

Iran's official IRNA agency said several explosions were heard in several areas around the town of Saravan, citing an official from Sistan-Baluchistan where the army has been facing a latent insurgency for decades.

Tehran also carried out an airstrike on Tuesday evening against terrorist targets in Pakistan. Islamabad on Wednesday deemed this attack, which caused the death of two children, to be completely unacceptable and unjustified.

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This morning's action was taken in light of credible intelligence about ;imminent large-scale terrorist activities, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

According to Pakistani media, the Iranian attack occurred near Panjgur, in the southwest of Balochistan province (west), where Pakistan and Iran share a border of a thousand kilometers. .

In response, Pakistan recalled its ambassador to Iran and decided to prevent the return of the Iranian ambassador, who is currently in his country.

The Iranian Mehr news agency specified that this response by missile and drone had targeted the headquarters in Pakistan of the jihadist group Djaish al-Adl (Army of Justice in Arabic), in response to an attack on security of Iran.

Jaish al-Adl, formed in 2012, has carried out several attacks on Iranian soil in recent years.

On Tuesday, Iran launched missile attacks on what it called spy headquarters and terrorist targets in Syria and autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan.

These Iranian strikes come at a time when the Middle East is shaken by a war raging in the Gaza Strip and attacks by the Houthis of Yemen (Ansar Allah), allies of Iran, against commercial ships, linked to Israel according to them, in the Red Sea.

Iran and Pakistan frequently accuse each other to allow rebel groups to operate from each other's territory to launch attacks, but it is rare for official forces from either country to be involved.

The United States condemned the Iranian strikes, with State Department spokesman Matthew Miller denouncing the fact that Tehran has violated the sovereign borders of its neighbors in recent days.

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