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

07 December, 2018, 11:16 | Author: Lucy Floyd
  • People and security forces inspect the site of a terrorist blast in Chabahar Sistan-and Baluchestan Province southeastern Iran

In December 2010, at least 41 people were killed and 90 others were wounded following a suicide attack near a mosque in the city.

Footage showed smoke rising over the city.

"Iran will bring terrorists and their masters to justice", he wrote on Twitter.

An official told TV that "the terrorist who carried out the attack was killed". "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. "The suicide attacker set off the explosion after stopping at police headquarters in Chabahar".

He was referring to the capture, trial and subsequent execution in June 2010 of Abdolmalek Rigi, the leader of militant group Jundallah who had waged a deadly insurgency in Sistan-Balochistan.

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Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli also issued a statement in condemnation of the Chabahar terror assault, saying the "savage attack" proved again that the "evil hegemonic system would spare no plot" to target the nation.

Ansar al-Furqan is known to operate in Iran's southeastern Sistan and Baluchistan Province, which sees occasional attacks by Baluch separatists and drug traffickers.

Al-Furqan in 2017 claimed responsibility for bombing an oil pipeline in the southwestern province of Khuzestan.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Tehran accuses its Sunni-led regional rival Saudi Arabia and the United States of funding most of these groups, a charge that Riyadh and Washington deny. "As we've made clear in the past, such crimes won't go unpunished", Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted.

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According to early reports, explosion and shooting were heard in Iran's southeastern port Chabahar near the Pakistani border on Thursday morning, at 9:30 AM.

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

India is developing the Chabahar port along with Iran and Afghanistan.

Such acts of violence will also "boost the Islamic Republic of Iran's resolve to fight terrorism", said Jahangiri, calling for all-out efforts to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice.

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