Published: Fri, December 07, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

Bomb kills three in Iranian port city Chabahar: state media

Bomb kills three in Iranian port city Chabahar: state media

Chabahar lies in Sistan-Balochistan province which has always been a flashpoint, with separatists and extremists carrying out attacks targeting the authorities.

"Mark my words: Iran WILL bring terrorists & their masters to justice", the foreign minister emphasized.

"As we've made clear in the past, such crimes won't go unpunished: In 2010, our security services intercepted & captured extremists en route from UAE", Zarif said in what appeared to be a reference to the 2010 capture of Sunni insurgent leader Abdolmalek Rigi.

The terrorist behind the wheel was seeking to force his way into the police post, but failed to do so as local security forces quickly intervened.

Sistan-Baluchistan province, where the bombing hit, has always been a flashpoint, with a number of attacks reported in recent past.

The SITE Intelligence Group reported that Sunni militant group Ansar al-Furqan had claimed responsibility for the attack.

It said India condemned the "despicable terror" attack.

It hosts the operation of a joint port project between Iran and India.

Chabahar, on Iran's south-eastern coast near the border with Pakistan, is home to a recently built port and is an "economic free zone".

A suicide vehicle 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.

The attack comes as Iran's economy is reeling in the wake of the sanctions lifted under Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers. "There can be no justification for any act of terror", an MEA statement said.

"Foreign-backed terrorists kill & wound innocents in Chabahar", Zarif said on Twitter on December 6.

Suicide bombings are rare in Iran, but Sunni armed groups have carried out several attacks on Iranian security forces in the Sistan and Baluchestan province in recent years.

The US, the Israeli regime and "the terrorist governments in the region that support them" feel desperate and angry over the "shameful defeat" they have suffered in their attempts to strip the Iranian nation of their independence and freedom, he said.

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