Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Baluchistan National Front members killed in Pakistan by ISI agents

Assailants wearing masks attacked Iranian dissidents sheltering in southwestern Pakistan, killing one of them, police said Tuesday.

On Monday night, gunmen opened fire with AK-47 rifles inside a house in Killi Kabir, a neighborhood of Quetta, the capital of southwestern Baluchistan province, where three Iranians were staying, said Sher Nawaz Marwat, a Quetta police official.

Ahmed Mashoof, 29, was hit by four bullets and died instantly, Marwat said. The other two Iranians were unhurt.

Marwat said police were investigating to determine the motive and trace the attackers.

"Mashoof and the other Iranians are opponents of the Iranian government and they had rented the house in Killi Kabir," he said.

One of the survivors, Rahim Raeesi, claimed he and the other two Iranians were members of an Iranian dissident group, the Baluchistan National Front.

He said they were from Iran's eastern Sistan-Baluchistan province which borders Pakistan's Baluchistan province. They had arrived in Pakistan about one year ago and had filed applications with the U.N. refugee agency for asylum or refugee status. He said they had received threatening e-mails and phone calls, and blamed agents of the Iranian government for the attack.

His claims could not be confirmed independently.

Raeesi said Mashoof

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