Published: Fri, December 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Three killed in Iran 'terror attack'

Three killed in Iran 'terror attack'

A suicide bomber has set off an explosion outside a police station in the Iranian southern port city of Chabahar, killing at least three people and wounding 48, state TV has reported.

"This morning a bomb inside a vehicle exploded near a police station in Chabahar. Three people were killed and some others were injured", Chabahar's acting governor Rahmdel Bameria told state TV.

"Police stopped the explosive-laden auto and started firing at the driver. who then set off the explosion near the police headquarters in Chabahar", said Bameri.

He also made a reference to Iran's past measures in retaliation for hostile attacks, noting, "In 2010, our security services intercepted and captured extremists en route from UAE".

There was no immediate claim of responsiblity for the attack.

Chabahar lies in Sistan-Balochistan province which has always been a flashpoint, with separatists and extremists carrying out attacks targeting the authorities. Middle East Eye could not verify the authenticity of the videos.

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In a post on his Twitter account on Thursday evening, Zarif said, "Foreign-backed terrorists kill and wound innocents in Chabahar".

Chabahar lies some 100 kilometres (60 miles) west of the Pakistan border and is home to a large, mainly Sunni Muslim ethnic Baluchi community which straddles the two countries.

Separately, Brigadier General Ramezan Sharif, the spokesman of Iran's Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), vowed a "crushing response" not only to the terrorists who carried out the attack but also to the "groups backing them". Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, blamed Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for the attack, allegations denied by both countries. Mark my words: "Iran WILL bring terrorists & their masters to justice" Zarif added in the tweet.

"We express our condolences to the government and the people of Iran and the families of the victims of this attack", the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.

Chabahar Port, which is being developed with funding from India, has been described as India's "golden gateway" that will help boost trade links to land-locked Afghanistan and central Asia, while bypassing its regional rival, Pakistan.

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