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Pakistan says two children killed in ‘completely unacceptable’ Iran attack

Iran on Tuesday launched attacks in Pakistan targeting what it described as bases for the militant group Jaish al-Adl, potentially further raising tensions in the Middle East. Pakistan said the strikes killed two children and wounded three others in an assault it described as an “unprovoked violation” of its airspace.

The attack inside of nuclear-armed Pakistan by Iran threatens the relations between the two countries. The attack also follows Iranian strikes on Iraq and Syria less than a day earlier, all of the strikes in response to a dual suicide bombing this month claimed by Islamic State that killed over 90 people.

Social media accounts reported blasts in the mountainous Balochistan province, where the two countries share a sparsely populated border nearly 1,000km (620 miles) long.

“This violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty is completely unacceptable and can have serious consequences,” Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

It said the strike late on Tuesday “resulted in the death of two innocent children while injuring three girls”.

Iran’s state media reported earlier that Tehran had targeted two bases of the armed group Jaish al-Adl in Pakistan, with the IRNA news agency and state television saying missiles and drones were used in the strikes. Press TV, the English-language arm of Iranian state television, attributed the attack to Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard. There was no official comment from Tehran.

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