Iran said it used ‘precision missile and drone strikes,’ to destroy two strongholds of the Sunni militant group Jaish al-Adl, known in Iran as Jaish al-Dhulm, in the Koh-e-Sabz area of Pakistan’s southwest Balochistan province, according to Iran’s state-aligned news agency Tasnim.
Tuesday’s attack comes after Iran launched missiles in northern Iraq and Syria Monday, in the latest escalation of hostilities in the Middle East where Israel’s ongoing war in Gaza risks spiraling into a wider crisis.
Pakistan foreign ministry said that the strike inside its territory was an ‘illegal and unacceptable act.’
Pakistan reserves the right to respond, its foreign ministry said as the country became the second of Iran’s neighbors to complain of an attack on its soil within 24 hours amid tensions.
Earlier, Iraq criticized Iran’s missile strike that targeted an Israeli spy base in Iraqi Kurdistan in retaliation for the killing of an Iranian commander in Syria.
Pakistan also recalled its ambassador from Iran and stopped Tehran’s envoy from returning to Islamabad.
‘Last night’s unprovoked and blatant breach of Pakistan’s sovereignty by Iran is a violation of international law and the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations,’ the foreign ministry said.
Iran said its paramilitary Revolutionary Guard targeted bases for the militant group Jaish al-Adl which seeks an independent Balochistan and has spread across Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan.
Six bomb-carrying drones and rockets struck homes that the group said house their families.
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