Sat Apr 15, 2017 8:33PM
A file photo of an Iranian police force in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan (Photo via Tasnim News Agency)
A file photo of an Iranian police force in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan (Photo via Tasnim News Agency)

The public relations manager of Iran’s Sistan and Baluchestan province’s education department says a local school teacher has been gunned down by unknown assailants.

“Akbar Balouchzehi was shot by unknown armed men while walking home from the village's mosque after the Maghrib prayer with his two children in the village of Jalayi Kalag,” said Ali Moradi on Saturday.

He added that the teacher’s two children were also injured in the incident and have been taken to hospital.

Director General of Education in Sistan and Baluchestan Province Alireza Nakha'ee said Sunday that the incident was the result of a "local dispute", IRNA news agency reported.

"The information obtained up to this moment shows the incident was not a terrorist act and was just the result of a local dispute," he said.

The province on the border with Pakistan has seen occasional terrorist attacks carried out by groups linked to Saudi, British and US intelligence services as well as Takfiri elements, according to Iranian authorities.     

Last week, a commander with Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) was assassinated by two terrorists in the province. Rouhollah Aali was gunned down by “two Takfiri terrorists” while traveling to the Kurin district in the city of Zahedan.

He was the commander of the Kurin Battalion of Brigade 110 of the IRGC’s Salman Unit, which is assigned to the province. 

Last year, an employee of the governor’s office of the city of Sarbaz in Sistan and Baluchestan was killed by unknown assailants. A few years before that another teacher was killed in the city of Rasak by Takfiri-Wahabi terrorists.