Incident Summary:

04/26/2017: Assailants opened fire on a border guard patrol near Mirjaveh, Sistan and Baluchestan, Iran. At least ten border guards were killed and three border guards were injured in the attack. One of the injured guards was abducted and taken to Pakistan. The hostage, Saeed Barati, was released on August 15, 2018. Jaish al-Adl claimed responsibility for the incident.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Sistan and Baluchestan

Near Mirjaveh

Location Details:
The incident occurred in Zahedan district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Iran Border Guard Police
Specific Description Border Guards
Nationality of Target Iran
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 476
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Rifle/Shotgun (non-automatic)
Weapon Details
Long-range rifles were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jaish al-Adl Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 10 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 10
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"10 Iranian Guards Killed at Pakistani Border, Tasnim News Agency Reports," New York Times, April 26, 2017.
"Border Guard Freed," Financial Tribune, August 15, 2018.
"Sunni militants ambush Iranian border guards killing 10," Trend News Agency, April 27, 2017.