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Iran: 10 police die in clashes in southeastern Sistan-Baluchestan province

Press TV - Clashes between Iranian police and gunmen in the southeastern Sistan-Baluchestan Province have resulted in the deaths of ten officers.

Police officers engaged in clashes with gunmen near the city of Zahedan, the provincial capital, Sunday night. Ten Iranian police officers were killed. There have been no reports yet on the number of casualties inflicted on the armed militants.

Sistan o Baluchestan is one of the 30 provinces of Iran. It is in the southeast of the country, bordering Pakistan and Afghanistan and its capital is Zahedan. The province is the largest in Iran, with an area of 181,785 kmē and a population of 4.1 million.

The armed confrontation resulted in injuries on both sides.

The surviving gunmen escaped to Pakistan.

The southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan, which borders Afghanistan and Pakistan, has been the scene of battles between Iranian forces and drug and arms smugglers.

Every year, Iran confiscates a large quantity of drugs and arms from smugglers and arrests or kills terrorists in the province.

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