October 19, 2009 / 9:09 AM / in 11 years

Iran MP: hunt for "terrorists" may cross into Pakistan

TEHRAN (Reuters) - An Iranian MP raised the prospect on Monday of a possible military cross-border operation into Pakistan against the “terrorist group” blamed for a deadly attack on the elite Revolutionary Guards.

Iran has in the past said members of the Sunni insurgent Jundollah (God’s soldiers) group, which state media say claimed Sunday’s suicide bombing in southeastern Iran, have been operating from inside Pakistani territory.

“There is unanimity about the Revolutionary Guards and the security forces engaging in operations in any place they would deem necessary,” ISNA news agency quoted MP Payman Forouzesh as saying, appearing to refer to agreement on the issue among lawmakers.

“There is even unanimity that these operations (could) take place in Pakistan territory,” he said. He is a representative from Sistan-Baluchestan province, where the attack took place.

(Reporting by Hashem Kalantari and Hossein Jaseb; writing by Fredrik Dahl)

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