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9 Pakistanis killed, 3 injured by armed individuals in SE Iran


Three armed individuals on Saturday morning killed nine Pakistani nationals and injured three others in Iran's southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan, Iran's semi-official Mehr news agency reported.

The shooting attack occurred in Saravan County, following which the provincial police forces immediately arrived at the scene, Alireza Marhamati, Sistan and Baluchestan's deputy governor for security and law enforcement, was quoted by Mehr as saying in an address to reporters.

Marhamati condemned the "terrorist" move and extended sympathy to the victims' families as well as the people of Pakistan, giving the assurance that the incident was under investigation and all those behind it would be identified.

Pakistani Foreign Ministry confirmed on Saturday night the killing of nine Pakistani nationals in Iran's Sistan and Baluchestan.

The ministry said in a statement that "it is a horrifying and despicable incident and we condemn it unequivocally," adding "Pakistan is in touch with Iranian authorities and has underscored the need to immediately investigate the incident and hold to account those involved in the crime."

Source(s): Xinhua News Agency
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