Iran has carried out a surgical strike operation deep inside Pakistan targeting the terror groups and freeing its two soldiers who were taken hostage nearly three years ago. As per reports, the operation was carried out at night on February 2 without any prior knowledge to the Pakistan military units deployed in the region.
Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards’ (IRGC) Quds Base in southeastern Iran said in a statement that two of its border guards were freed in a successful intelligence operation on Tuesday night.
“A successful operation was carried out last Tuesday night to rescue two kidnapped border guards who were taken as hostages by Jaish ul-Adl organization two and a half years ago,” the IRGC said in its statement.
The soldiers, according to the statement, were successfully transferred back to Iran.
A Pakistan-based radical Wahhabi terrorist group ‘Jaish ul-Adl‘ had on October 16, 2018, kidnapped 12 IRGC guards to the Pakistani territory in the city of Merkava in Sistan and Baluchistan province on the border between the two countries.
Military officials reportedly formed a joint committee between Tehran and Islamabad to free the kidnapped IRCG soldiers.
Five of the soldiers were released on November 15, 2018, while four more Iranian soldiers were rescued by the Pakistani army on March 21, 2019.
Declared a terrorist organisation by Tehran, Jaish ul-Adl is pursuing an armed struggle against the Iranian government, claiming to defend the rights of Baloch Sunnis in Iran.
The terrorist group, that has been staging cross-border attacks into southeast Iran from southwest Pakistan, had also claimed responsibility for the February 2019 attack on Iran’s Basij paramilitary base which killed and wounded dozens of IRGC members after their bus came under terrorist attack in the province
The group has bases in southwestern Pakistan and started operations after recruiting the remnants of Jundullah, a Sunni militant organisation based in Sistan and Baluchistan in Iran, and reorganising them. Iran had captured leaders of Jundullah and dismantled the terrorist organization years earlier.
Jaish ul-Adl also abducted five Iranian border guards in Jakigour region of Sistan and Baluchistan province and took them to Pakistan in 2014. After two months of abduction, four of them were released while the fifth one was killed. His body was returned to Iran months later.