Iranian state media has reported that 14 security personnel were abducted near the country’s southeastern border with Pakistan, on Tuesday.
"The Pakistani government should immediately implement all necessary means and measures to free border guards of the Islamic Republic of Iran and arrest the wicked terrorists," Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said.
The security personnel were “abducted between 4:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. in the Lulakdan area of the border by a terrorist group,” the IRNA news agency said.
Al-Qaida-affiliated group Jaish al-Adl claimed responsibility for the attack on the group’s social media page.
Qassemi said a request was made to the Pakistani ambassador to Tehran to help release the abductees "within the framework of mutual relations, the principle of good neighborliness and commitments under mutual agreements and regulations of the international law."
Revolutionary Guards intelligence officers are reportedly among those kidnapped by “terrorist groups that are guided and supported by foreign forces,” the armed force group remarked in a statement, adding that the authorities should take action to recover the abducted individuals.
"We expect Pakistan to confront these terrorist groups that are supported by some regional states, and immediately release the kidnapped Iranian forces."
In a previous abduction, the armed group killed an Iranian officer before releasing four soldiers after holding them for nearly two months.
"Both militaries, under a joint mechanism established since last year, are working to ascertain the whereabouts of Iranian guards," the Pakistani Foreign Ministry declared in a statement, on Tuesday. "No effort will be spared to assist our Iranian brothers in finding the Iranian guards."