members of the volunteer Basij militia fighting alongside the Revolutionary
Guards were killed in the clashes, the statement said.
predominantly Sunni Muslim Sistan-Baluchistan province near the Pakistani and
Afghan borders has long been plagued by unrest from both drug smuggling gangs
and Sunni Islamist militants fighting the country’s Shia authorities.
Iran’s Sunnis complain of discrimination, a charge denied by the state.
Revolutionary Guards shot dead three men believed to have been involved in the
killing of two Guards on December 25, according to Iranian media.