Pakistan warns of 'consequences' after Iran's deadly bombing killed two children
Category: News & PoliticsVia: krishna • one month ago • 7 comments
By: Lawrence Richard
Pakistan condemned Iran on Wednesday and warned of "consequences" after Tehran launched airstrikes in their country that killed two children.
Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said it angrily denounced the attack in a message to Iran's Foreign Ministry, and summoned an Iranian diplomat in Islamabad "to convey our strongest condemnation of this blatant violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty." It added: "The responsibility for the consequences will lie squarely with Iran."
Iran claimed its strike on Tuesday, just across the Iran-Pakistan border on Pakistan's restive southwestern Baluchistan province, was targeting bases for a militant separatist group. Instead, a Pakistani intelligence report said it left a 6-year-old girl and an 11-month old boy dead. Three women were also injured.
Iran's attack on Pakistan comes a day after Iran carried out strikes in northern Iraq, killing several civilians, and in Syria.
Iran said in state media reports that its paramilitary Revolutionary Guard targeted bases for the militant group Jaish al-Adl, or the "Army of Justice." The group seeks an independent Baluchistan and has spread across Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan.
The attack included six bomb-carrying drones and several rockets striking homes that the militants said housed the wives and children of their fighters. The group said the attack killed two children and wounded three others.
Iran has fought against the militants but a missile-and-drone attack on Pakistan is unprecedented.
Pakistani intelligence said three or four drones were fired from Iran, hitting a mosque and other buildings.