Iran attack: Revolutionary guards threaten Saudi Arabia and UAE after dozens of elite soldiers killed in car bomb


Iran has threatened Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with retaliation after 27 members of the country’s elite revolutionary guard forces were killed in a suicide bombing on Wednesday.

The head of the revolutionary guards, Mohammad Ali Jafari, claimed, without evidence, that the US and Israel had ordered Saudi Arabia and the UAE to carry out the attack.

“We definitely will retaliate,” the general said, in comments reported by state media.

Mr Jafari was speaking at one of two funeral ceremonies held on Friday for the attack’s victims.

The Jaish al-Adl Sunni militant group claimed responsibility for the bombing, which wounded 12 people.

Created with Sketch. Revolution in Iran: in pictures

Created with Sketch. Revolution in Iran: in pictures

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A demonstration against the Shah in 1979 Getty

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Armed women on guard in one of the main squares in Tehran at the beginning of the Iranian Revolution Getty

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Demonstrators hold a poster of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, in January 1979, in Tehran, during a demonstration against the Shah AFP/Getty

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Iranian rebels pose with a U.S. flag they bayonetted upside down on trees at Sultanabad Garrison northeast of Tehran on February 12 2019 AP

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A gun battle in Khorramshahr during the revolution, 1979 Getty

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Ayatollah Khomeini’s supporters demonstrate in the streets of Tehran against the Shah among tear gas. The “black friday” caused the death of 200 people according to the Iranian government, 2000 according to the opposition, September 8 1978 AFP/Getty

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Women wearing the traditional Chador demonstrate in the streets of Tehran against the Shah on September 7 1978 AFP/Getty

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Demonstrators in Tehran calling for the replacement of the Shah of Iran during the Iranian Revolution, 1979. They carry placards depicting Ayatollah Mahmoud Talaghani, one of the leading revolutionaries Getty

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Ayatollah Khomeini’s supporters demonstrate in the streets of Tehran against the Shah. The “black friday” caused the death of 200 people according to the Iranian government, 2000 according to the opposition,…

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