Iran says "bandits" have killed 12 border policemen in an ambush near the country's border with Pakistan.
Iran's judiciary spokesman Ali Reza Jamshidi said Tuesday the attack occurred near the town of Saravan, some 1,900 kilometers southeast of the capital, Teheran.
State radio quoted a local police commander, Gen. Gholam Ali Nekoui, on Monday saying the ambush happened Sunday and the bandits fled to Pakistan after the attack.
Neither official identified the attackers as members of any particular group.
The area where the attack occurred, near the borders with Pakistan and Afghanistan, is a key crossing point for narcotics and has seen frequent clashes between police and drug smugglers.
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