Iran hangs ethnic Baluch for ‘killing two Revolutionary Guards’
Iranian authorities on Saturday hangs Javid Dehghan Khalad, a suspected terrorist, for murder, abduction, and links to the Sunni militant Jaish al-Adl (Army of Justice) group, according to the Iranian judiciary’s website.
Dehghan was put to death early in the morning in the restive southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan, the local Mizan Online news agency reported.
Dehghan, also knows as Mohammad Omar, had been found guilty of carrying out “armed action against the state,” the website said.
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He was also found to have been involved in the killing of two Revolutionary Guards’ members in 2015, as well as leading a raid to abduct five border guards, one of whom was killed, it added. Who is Jaish al-Adl? Pakistan-based militant group Jaish al-Adl has been involved in a number of deadly attacks on the Shiite country’s soldiers and installations in the past few years, including the February 2019 suicide attack that killed 27 Iranian security forces along the Iran-Pakistan border. Jaish al-Adl has been targeting Iranian soldiers for many yearsThe groups previously claimed responsibility for attacks that killed border guards in 2013 and 2015. Jaish al-Adl is a Sunni militant group, which is fighting against what it says is discrimination against Sunni Muslims and ethnic Baluch in the Iranian province of Sistan-Baluchestan. The region is known as home to drug smugglers, as well as Sunni militants, both of whom regularly clash with Iranian security forces. In July 2019, former US President Donald Trump’s administration designated Jaish al-Adl as a global terrorist organization. The militant group was formed in 2012 as a successor to another Sunni extremist group Jundallah (Soldiers of God), which had waged a deadly insurgency in Iran.