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Iran sending group to Pakistan after officials abducted

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Iran's deputy minister of the interior says a delegation is being dispatched to Pakistan to follow up on the abduction of five border officials in Sistan-Baluchistan.

IRNA reports that Ali Abdollahi stated that the delegation will arrive in Pakistan next week to deal with the "abduction of five border officials by the group referred to as Jeysh-ol-adl."

Iranian officials have already met with their Pakistani counterparts to discuss the kidnapping.

Jeysh-ol-adl, a Sunni militant group that claims to fight for the rights of Sunni minorities in Iran, claimed responsibility for kidnapping the five Iranian border officials.

Abdollahi said the abductors entered Iran from Pakistan and have returned to Pakistan. He added: "Pakistani officials have certain responsibilities in this regard which they need to live up to."

The Iranian foreign ministry has summoned the Pakistani ambassador in Iran, calling for immediate action by the Pakistani government in this matter.

Sunni cleric calls for end of violence in Sistan-Baluchistan

Senior Sunni cleric and Zahedan Friday Mass Imam Mowlavi Abdolhamid has called for an end to kidnappings and violence in region.

According to local websites in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchistan, Mowlavi Abdolhamid said: "Those who provoke you are not your well-wishers, they are just trying to use you to satisfy their complexes. Beware that Iran's situation has changed, there is a government in power that is willing to listen to what its opponents have to say."

Last week, the militant Sunni group Jeysh-ol-adl announced that it had kidnapped five Iranian border officials.

The Reporters Club quoted knowledgeable sources saying the abducted officials include one officer and four soldiers.

Jeysh-ol-adl calls itself a defender of Sunni Muslims in the region and has carried out a number of armed attacks in Sistan-Baluchistan.

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