Iran killed two members of Sunni Muslim jihadist group in Chabahar

Vastavam web: Iranian killed two members of Sunni Muslim jihadist group and arrested five others, the intelligence minister said.Islamic State claimed responsibility and threatened more attacks against Iran’s majority Shi’ite population, whom the hard line Sunni militants consider heretics.Iran has arrested almost 50 people in connection with the attacks.On Wednesday, state media reported that security forces had fought with members of Ansar al-Furqan, a militant Sunni group, in Chabahar, a city in southeastern Iran.
“Five members of this terrorist team were Iranians and two were from neighbouring countries,” Alavi added.State news agency IRNA quoted an unnamed source as saying that the militants were planning to carry out attacks this week, during the holy nights of Ramadan.”The security forces surrounded the house that members of this terrorist cell were based in and launched an attack with backing of the police,” the source said.The group, which was formed by the merger of some Sunni Baluch insurgent groups in 2012, is not linked to Islamic State. But it has carried out periodic attacks on military and civilian targets, aiming to highlight what it says is discrimination against Iran’s Sunni ethnic groups.Iran has stepped up its crackdown against members of such networks in recent years, with mass arrests and death sentences.