Published: Fri, December 07, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Iran FM accuses foreign-backed terrorists of Chabahar attack

Iran FM accuses foreign-backed terrorists of Chabahar attack

A suicide auto bomber attacked a police headquarters in the southeastern Iranian port city of Chabahar on Thursday, killing at least three people and wounding several others, state TV reported.

A general view of the scene of a vehicle bombing in front of a police station in the city of Chabahar, on December 06, 2018 in southern Iran. "Three people were killed and some others were injured", Rahmdel Bameri, acting governor of Chabahar told state television, which reported the figure of 48 hurt. The official IRNA news agency said it was a auto bombing.

"India strongly condemns today's despicable terrorist attack in Chabahar, Iran". No militant group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Ansar al-Furqan is known to operate in Sistan and Baluchistan province, which sees occasional attacks by Baluch separatists and drug traffickers.

State TV also aired footage of smoke rising over the city. Middle East Eye could not verify the authenticity of the videos.

In 2010, two suicide bombers killed at least 28 people, including some of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards, at a mosque in southeast Iran, an attack Iranian leaders said was backed by the United States.

According to early reports, explosion and shooting were heard in Iran's southeastern port Chabahar near the Pakistani border on Thursday morning, at 9:30 AM.

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While rare, Iran has been targeted by armed groups in recent years. Mark my words: "Iran WILL bring terrorists & their masters to justice" Zarif added in the tweet.

Chabahar city is around 100 km from Iran's border with Pakistan.

Arab separatists and the militant Islamic State (IS) group both claimed the assault.

Tehran accuses its key regional rival Saudi Arabia and the USA of funding most of these groups, a charge Riyadh and Washington deny.

Chabahar has a deep-water port on the Gulf of Oman and with Indian assistance Iran has been developing it as a major energy and freight hub between Central Asia and India, bypassing Pakistan.

Such acts of violence will also "boost the Islamic Republic of Iran's resolve to fight terrorism", said Jahangiri, calling for all-out efforts to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice.

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