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Iran-Pakistan tensions simmer after strikes, IRGC officer killed in southeast

Iran is seeking to contain the damage to its relationship with Pakistan following a deadly Iranian military strike in Pakistani territory targeting a dissident group.
Pakistani and Iranian flags flutter on the closed Pakistan-Iran border in Taftan on February 25, 2020 as fears over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus escalate following an outbreak in neighbouring Iran. - The Iranian outbreak where at least 15 people have already died -- the highest death toll in any country outside of China -- has aggravated already frayed nerves in neighbouring Afghanistan and Pakistan. (Photo by Banaras KHAN / AFP) (Photo by BANARAS KHAN/AFP via Getty Images)

An Iranian officer was killed close to the Pakistani border on Wednesday as the crisis between the two neighbors continues.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said Col. Hossein-Ali Javdanfar was shot dead by unspecified “terrorists” in the Sistan and Baluchestan province in southeast Iran while en route to the city of Zahedan. Javandafar was a cultural affairs expert for the IRGC, according to the official Islamic Republic News Agency.

Iran International reported that Jaish al-Adl claimed responsibility for the attack. Al-Monitor was unable to immediately verify the claim.

Also on Wednesday, the IRGC’s Quds Force said a “terrorist” was killed during clashes with its forces in Sistan and Baluchestan, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency..

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