Sunni Islamist Baluch militants claimed responsibility for killing an Iranian public prosecutor in revenge for a decision to hang 16 prisoners following a cross-border attack by the group two weeks ago.
Iranian authorities said they had arrested several suspects in connection with Wednesday’s killing of prosecutor Musa Nouri and his driver.
Media described reports said the prosecutor was killed by “a hail of bullets” in the town of Zabol in south-east Iran, near the borders with Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Jaish ul-Adl militants said they killed Nouri in revenge for the hanging of 16 prisoners on October 26 ordered by judiciary officials in retaliation for an attack in which the radical Sunni group killed 14 Iranian border guards a day before.
“After the execution of 16 innocent young Baluch, its fighters took the decision to eliminate one of the judicial authorities in Baluchistan to avenge their deaths,” Jaish ul-Adl said on its website.