NEW YORK, New York - The bombing of a bus in southeast Iran's Sistan-Baluchestan Province this week that killed 27 Iranian Revolutionary Guards has been condemned by the UN Security Council "in the strongest possible terms."
Iran's government, and the families of the 27 soldiers killed, and the thirteen wounded, were extended the Council's deepest sympathy and condolences.
The attack took place on Wednesday in southeastern Iran, in the largely populated Sistan and Baluchistan province.
The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said in a statement, a bomb-laden vehicle targeted a bus carrying around 40 of its personnel.
The Sunni group Jaish al-Adl ("Army of Justice") has claimed responsibility for the attack.
"Terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security", reaffirmed the Council, underlining the need to hold "perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism accountable and bring them to justice."
The council called on all nations to observe their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, "to cooperate actively" with Iran's Government in the aftermath of the attack, and all relevant authorities.
Terror attacks are not new to Sistan-Baluchistan. On 29 January three members of a bomb squad sent to investigate an explosion in the province capital of Zahedan were wounded when a second device detonated as they were trying to defuse it, according to news reports.
In early December, two people were killed, and some 40 others wounded in the port city of Chabahar during an attack by foreign-backed terrorists.
"Any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed", reiterated the Security Council members, reminding all countries to combat "by all means", in accordance with the UN Charter and other international law obligations – including international human rights law, international refugee law and international humanitarian law – threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.
On Thursday, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei spoke of 'clear links' between Wednesday's terror attack on the revolutionary guards and intelligence agencies of some countries in the region and beyond. He urged the Iranian security organizations to seriously pursue the issue.