Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Iran FM accuses foreign-backed terrorists of Chabahar attack

Iran FM accuses foreign-backed terrorists of Chabahar attack

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. Middle East Eye could not verify the authenticity of the videos.

Authorities did not identify who was behind the attack, but Iranian media initially blamed the attack on Ansar al-Furqan, a Sunni jihadi group.

The suicide attacker, driving a vehicle loaded with explosives, drove up to the police headquarters, according to General Mohammad Pakpour of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

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

Suicide bombings are rare in Iran, but Sunni armed groups have carried out several attacks on Iranian security forces in the Sistan and Baluchestan province in recent years. "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.

Tehran accuses its key regional rival Saudi Arabia and the United States of funding most of these groups, a charge Riyadh and Washington deny.

"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.

Pakistan has strongly denounced a terrorist attack in Iranian port city of Chahbahar, that claimed lives of at least three innocent people while injuring forty others.

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.

Washington has granted exceptions to some U.S. sanctions on Iran for the project.

Chabahar is also the site of a port complex, which is being developed in cooperation with India as part of a new transportation corridor for landlocked Afghanistan. Mark my words: "Iran WILL bring terrorists & their masters to justice". "There can be no justification for any act of terror", the MEA said.

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