Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

At least three dead in bomb attack in Iran's Chabahar

At least three dead in bomb attack in Iran's Chabahar

A suicide bomber killed at least two people and wounded many more outside police headquarters in the port city of Chabahar in restive southeastern Iran on Thursday, according to a revised official toll. New Delhi considers the port in Chabahar, which lies in Sistan-Baluchistan province of Iran, very crucial for its strategic interest in the region.

The blast near Chabahar's police headquarters on Shahid Rigi Boulevard has been confirmed by Mohammad Hadi Marashi, the deputy security chief of the province.

"Three people were killed and some others were injured", Chabahar's acting governor Rahmdel Bameri told state television.

State television reported shooting in the area shortly after the explosion.

Authorities did not identify who was behind the attack, but Iranian media initially blamed the attack on Ansar al-Furqan, a Sunni jihadi group. No militant group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Videos posted online by Iranian news agencies, purportedly from Chabahar, showed thick smoke rising in the area after the blast.

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"Iran will bring terrorists and their masters to justice", he wrote on Twitter. In September, gunmen dressed as soldiers attacked a military parade in Ahvaz, killing and injuring dozens.

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

Tehran often blames the United States, Saudi Arabia and Israel for backing groups to destabilize Iran, something its rivals deny.

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".

Terror attacks in Shiite Iran are rare, but militants have stepped up action in recent months.

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