<pMilitants in Iran<pThe statement blamed a "terrorist group guided and supported by foreign intelligence services," and said Iranian security forces would "seriously pursue the bandits, terrorists and infiltrators. It said the perpetrators were "hired by some evil, reactionary and terrorist-training regional countries," a reference to Iran's regional rival Saudi Arabia<pIranian state TV said the attack happened close to a Pakistani border guard station.
<pPakistan's Foreign Ministry expressed concern over the abductions, and said both militaries were trying to ascertain the captives' whereabouts. "No effort will be spared to assist our Iranian brothers in finding the Iranian guards," it said.
<pThe paramilitary Guard answers directly to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
<pIn September, militants disguised as soldiers opened fire on a military parade in Iran's oil-rich southwestern city of Ahvaz, killing 24 people and wounding over 60. Khamenei blamed Riyadh and Abu Dhabi for the attack, allegations denied by both countries.
<pArab separatists in the region claimed responsibility for the attack, as did the Islamic State group.