Bomb kills three in Iranian port city Chabahar: state media

Blanche Robertson
December 6, 2018

At least three people have been killed following a suicide vehicle bombing attack near a police post in Iran's southern port city of Chabahar, state television Press TV reported, quoting security and local officials.

Mohammad Hadi Marashi, the deputy governor in charge of security, said the assailants tried to enter the city's police headquarters but "they were prevented by the guards and they detonated the vehicle bomb".

Footage showed smoke rising over the city.

Chabahar city governor Rahmdel Bameri said many people were also wounded in the 10 am (0630 GMT) attack. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

TV also reported shooting in the area, which is located in the mainly Sunni province of Sistan-Baluchestan that has always been plagued by unrest from both drug smuggling gangs and separatist militants. In September, gunmen dressed as soldiers attacked a military parade in Ahvaz, killing and injuring dozens.

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India Thursday strongly condemned the "despicable" terrorist attack in the southeastern Iranian port city of Chabahar and said the perpetrators of the crime must be brought to justice expeditiously.

Reports say at least 19 people were also hurt, but Al Jazeera could not immediately verify the number of injuries.

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.

Arab separatists and the Islamic State group both claimed responsibility for the attack.

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

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