Iran FM accuses foreign-backed terrorists of Chabahar attack

Ruben Ruiz
December 6, 2018

Videos shared on Twitter said to be taken from the scene shows smoke rising into the sky with the sound of sirens heard in the background.

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

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

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.

"India strongly condemns today's despicable terrorist attack in Chabahar, Iran".

"Terrorists attacked the police post in Chabahar with an explosives-laden vehicle", he said.

Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif claimed that those behind the attack were backed by foreign countries and would be brought to justice.

Pakpur also said several hours after the explosion that calm and security had returned to the city of Chabahar.

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Chabahar lies in Sistan-Baluchistan province which has always been a flashpoint, with Pakistan-based Baluchi separatists and Sunni Muslim extremists carrying out cross-border attacks targeting the Shiite authorities.

Chabahar, near Iran's border with Pakistan on the Arabian Sea, is home to a new port recently built and is an economic free zone for the country.

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.

The attack comes as Iran's economy is reeling in the wake of the U.S.re-imposing sanctions lifted under Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers.

That attack was claimed by a Sunni Muslim group called, Jundallah, also known as Soldiers of God. "There can be no justification for any act of terror", the MEA said.

"The terrorist grouplets are mainly linked to foreign security services like those belonging to Saudi Arabia, and have constantly been seeking to destabilize our border regions", said the IRGC official.

While rare, Iran has been targeted in recent years by militant attacks.

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