TEHRAN (Press Shia) – The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Force's Quds Base announced that its forces have smashed a foreign-backed terror cell, killing four terrorists in the southeastern province of Sistan and Balouchestan on Friday.

Following an intelligence operation, the units of the IRGC Ground Force's Quds Base identified a terrorist cell “affiliated to the global arrogance (the US)” that had intended to attack the Islamic Republic’s border posts from the territory of a neighboring country this morning, the base said in a statement on Friday.

The members of the terrorist team were ambushed and smashed by the IRGC forces before they would be able to take any action near a border post in Saravan in Sistan and Balouchestan Province, the statement read. 

In a heavy clash, the IRGC troops killed four terrorists and injured two others, the Quds Base said, adding that a number of other terrorists escaped to the neighboring country.    

During the operation, not only no casualties were inflicted on the Iranian forces but also the terrorists’ ammunition and equipment were seized, according to the statement.

Back in March, the IRGC Ground Force’s Quds Base said its forces had killed two suicide attackers in Sistan and Balouchestan before the terrorists could storm a border post with their explosive-laden vehicle.

Since a couple of years ago, the IRGC has been tasked with ensuring the security of southeastern border areas in cooperation with local residents.

Located in the southeast of Iran, Sistan and Balouchestan borders Pakistan and Afghanistan and has a long coastline by the Sea of Oman.