World Bulletin / News Desk
Gunmen shot dead a public prosecutor and his driver in southeastern Iran on Wednesday, Iranian media said.
The killings, in the city of Zabol, near to where the borders of Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan meet, come at a time of heightened tension in the region as separatists step up attacks on Iran.
Heavily armed drug smugglers are also active in the region.
The gunmen shot dead Zabol public prosecutor Musa Nouri and his driver as he was on his way to work, Iranian news agencies said. The pair were "martyred in a hail of bullets from Kalashnikov rifles", Fars news agency quoted the province's chief justice Ibrahim Hamidi as saying.
"The assassination is likely the result of enforcing justice in the province," another Fars news report quoted Rajabali Sheikhzadeh, deputy governor of Sistan and Baluchistan province, as saying.
Fourteen Iranian border guards were killed and at least three others captured in an attack in Sistan and Baluchistan on the border with Pakistan on Oct. 25.
The previously little known group Jaish ul-Adl said it had carried out the attack.Last Mod: 06 Kasım 2013, 16:00