JERUSALEM (JTA) — The head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard accused the United States, Israel and others of planning a suicide attack that killed 42.
Five senior Revolutionary Guard commanders were among those killed in Sunday’s attack near the Pakistani border. The attack, carried out by a bomber who reportedly was disguised in tribal dress, occurred at a reconciliation meeting in southeastern Iran between Shiite and Sunni tribal leaders.
"The American and Israeli intelligence agencies are behind this," Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari said Monday. "We must pay them back in order to punish them and, God willing, we hope to be able to do so."
Jafari also accused Britain and Pakistan of planning the attack.
The Muslim militant group Jundallah, or Soldiers of God, which operates along the Iranian-Pakistani border and is said to be affiliated with al-Qaida, claimed responsibility for the attack, according to reports.