TEHRAN (Tasnim) - The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Force said a number of its troops and local Basij forces have been kidnapped at a border post southeast of Iran.
In a statement on Tuesday, the IRGC Ground Force's Quds Base said a number of local Basij forces and the border regiment forces stationed at a border post in Mirjaveh region in Iran's southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan were abducted on Monday evening after act of treason and collusion involving an element or elements of the anti-Revolution groups who had infiltrated into the country.
Noting that the border post is properly fortified, the statement said the proxies of terrorist groups who receive support from foreign services had deceived and bribed the infiltrated elements to carry out the abduction operation at the border, located opposite of one of Pakistan's border stations.
The statement added that Iranian defense and security forces in the border areas have launched a manhunt to catch the outlaws, terrorists and infiltrators and are taking serious measures to free the abductees.
It urged the Pakistani government to take serious action against the terrorists who are stationed along its common border with Iran and benefit from the backing of certain regional reactionary states that foster terrorism.
The statement also called on Pakistan to take action to immediately secure the release of the border guards and their return to Iran.
The IRGC is tasked with protecting the country's northwestern and southeastern borders.
Iranian military forces along the southeastern border areas are frequently attacked by terrorist groups coming from Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Tehran has frequently asked the two neighbors to step up security at the common border to prevent terrorist attacks on Iranian forces.