May 29, 2024

Moon Desk: The residents of the rugged mountains at the Pakistan-Iran border are in a state of panic in the aftermath of Tehran firing missiles at a village located in the Panjgur district of Balochistan. A senior police official, requesting anonymity, said the missiles landed at a house in Sabz Koh village before sunset on Tuesday. “We are investigating the incident,” he added.

The means of communication are very poor in the area, making it impossible to speak to the residents of the village. Iranian authorities claimed to have targeted a militant camp being operated by the Sunni militant group Jaish al-Adl in the Pakistani territory. Jaish al-Adl, or “Army of Justice”, has carried out attacks inside Iran as well as on Pakistani government forces.

Iran said it fired four drone missiles in the area targeting the militant group. However, the Pakistani authorities contradicted the Iranian claim, saying that militants could not keep women and children in their camps. “[The missiles] fired by the Iranian forces landed at a house and killed two children,” Makran Division Commissioner Saeed Ahmed Umrani

He said four people, including three children and a woman, were also injured in the attack. “Women and children cannot live at a militant camp,” Umrani continued. The bodies of the two children – a six-year-old girl and an 11-month-old boy — were shifted to the District Headquarters Hospital Panjgur.

The four injured people were rushed to the hospital for medical treatment as well. The commissioner maintained that the missiles had landed at the residence of one Kareem Dad alias Idrees. Locals say most of the people living in the area frequently move between the two countries.

Pakistan and Iran share more than 900 kilometers of border with ethnic Balochs living on both sides. Unverified videos shared on social media platforms showed people rushing towards the site of the attack where thick black smoke was rising.

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