Pakistan condemns Iran after airstrike kills two children in cross-border attack

MENA

Published: 2024-01-17 11:19

Last Updated: 2024-04-16 03:00


Pakistan condemns Iran after airstrike kills two children in cross-border attack
Pakistan condemns Iran after airstrike kills two children in cross-border attack

Pakistan condemned Wednesday the Iranian missile and drone strikes that took place Tuesday night in which it targeted border areas within Pakistan’s territory. The attack resulted in the death of two children and was labeled as “an unjustified violation of Pakistani airspace.”

Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned senior Iranian diplomats in Islamabad “to convey our strongest condemnation of this blatant violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty,” per statements.

Iran has not officially responded to reports of the airstrike, but Iranian media reported Tuesday night that two facilities affiliated with the “Jaish ul-Adl”, classified by Tehran as "terrorist group" and accused of operating from bases in Pakistan, were targeted by missile and drone strikes and were destroyed. The sources did not specify the origin of the missiles - as cited by AFP.

The Pakistani Foreign Ministry did not specify the location of the Iranian airstrike, but local media reported that it targeted areas near Bannu in Balochistan province in southwest Pakistan, which shares a border of approximately one thousand kilometers with Iran.

The Pakistani Foreign Ministry stated, "This violation of Pakistan's sovereignty is utterly unacceptable and may have serious consequences," adding that the strike inside Pakistani territory on Tuesday evening "resulted in the deaths of two innocent children and the injury of three girls."