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Iranian soldiers killed on Pakistan border

Iranian news agencies are reporting that gunmen have killed eight Iranian guards, The incident occurred near the border with Pakistan in the southern Sistan-Baluchistan province.

The guards clashed on Monday with Sunni rebels, who had come in from neighboring Pakistan, according to Iran's IRNA news agency.

The southeastern province of Sisan-Baluchistan, which has a large Sunni community, has experienced repeated attacks my militants on mainly Shiite Iran's security forces.

"Armed terrorists entered Iran from Pakistan and clashed with border guards, killing eight soldiers before fleeing back to Pakistan," said Ali Asghar Mirshekari, deputy governor of Sistan-Baluchistan.

Iran's semi-official Fars news agency said four of the eight soldiers killed were conscripts.

There was a second incident reported from the region earlier on Monday. IRNA said Iran's Revolutionary Guards killed and detained members of a militant group linked to a "foreign intelligence" agency, also confiscating weapons and communications equipment.

jr/jil (AP, AFP)