TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Four militants attacked a police station and killed two security forces in southeastern Iran, state television reported Saturday.
The armed group attacked a police station in Zahedan, a city in Iran’s Sistan and Baluchistan province, about 30 kilometers (18.64 mi) from the border with Pakistan, sparking an exchange of fire. According to the report, two security forces were killed.
Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards said in a statement that the four militants were killed.
The report quoted Alireza Marhamati, the deputy governor of the province, as saying that the militants tried to gain access to the police station and were equipped with grenades, but did not elaborate.
The state-run IRNA news agency also reported that authorities on Saturday hanged two men involved in the deadly Oct. 26 attack on the Shah Cheragh mosque in the city of Shiraz, the second holiest site in Iran.
According to the report, the two were members of the extremist group Islamic State and were behind the deadly attack that left at least 13 people dead and 30 injured.
Semi-official news agencies ISNA and Tasnim said the two were publicly executed in the city of Shiraz.
The gunmen who carried out the attack, identified as Sobhan Komrouni, died in a hospital in southern Iran days after the October 26 attack, from injuries sustained during his arrest.
State television at the time blamed the attack on “takfiris,” a term referring to Sunni Muslim extremists who have historically targeted the country’s Shiite majority.
The attack came as protesters elsewhere in Iran marked a symbolic 40 days since the death of a woman in custody sparked the largest anti-government movement in more than a decade. It seemed to have nothing to do with the demonstrations.