An attack by gunmen in Iran’s volatile southeast near the border with Pakistan killed eight Iranian border guards, the semi-official Fars news agency reported Tuesday.

The area has been scene of occasional clashes between Iranian forces and militant groups believed to be affiliated with al-Qaida.

Four of the guards killed in the attack in the restive Sistan-Baluchistan province on Monday were conscripts, said Fars. It also said three of the attackers were killed in the shootout with the militants. […]