Iranian Revolutionary Guard general unhurt after car shot down – state media

DUBAI, April 23 (Reuters) – Gunmen opened fire on a car carrying a senior Revolutionary Guards commander in restive southeast Iran on Saturday morning, killing a bodyguard, media reported. Iranian officials.

Brigadier General Hossein Almassi, commander of the guards in Sistan-Balochistan province, was not injured after the attack and the attackers were arrested, the official IRNA news agency reported.

Mahmoud Absalan, the bodyguard who was killed in the attack that occurred near a checkpoint in the provincial capital of Zahedan, was the son of a senior guard commander in the area, said IRNA said.

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The attack took place on a night celebrated by many devout Iranians as Islam’s holiest, which this year coincided with events marking the anniversary of the establishment of the Revolutionary Guards after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

The predominantly Sunni Muslim province of Sistan-Balochistan near the Pakistani and Afghan borders has long been plagued by unrest from drug trafficking gangs and Sunni Islamist militants battling the country’s Shia authorities.

Many Iranian Sunnis complain of discrimination, a charge denied by the state.

In 2009, a suicide bomber killed six senior Revolutionary Guard commanders and more than 29 others in Sistan-Balochistan, in one of the most daring attacks on Iran’s most powerful military institutions.

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Reporting from Dubai Newsroom; Editing by Sam Holmes

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