Bomb kills 3 in Iran's Chabahar, injures several

The television says several people were also wounded in the “terrorist attack”. — AP  File

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.

"This was a blind terrorist attack", Pakpur told the semiofficial Tasnim news agency.

"The terrorists exploded a vehicle carrying explosives at the gate of the [police] headquarters", Bameri was quoted as saying by the official government news agency IRNA.

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. Arab separatists and the Islamic State (IS) issued competing claims for the attack, which prompted Iran to launch ballistic missiles at IS targets in Syria.

Another coordinated June 7, 2017 IS group assault on parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution, killed at least 18 people and wounded more than 50.

Chabahar lies in Sistan-Balochistan province which has always been a flashpoint, with separatists and extremists carrying out attacks targeting the authorities.

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In October, the separatist Jaish al-Adl (Army of Justice) group kidnapped 12 Iranian border guards in the remote province, five of whom have since been released.

That attack was claimed by a Sunni Muslim group called, Jundallah, also known as Soldiers of God.

Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal, in a tweet message had strongly condemned the terrorism in Iran's port city of Chahbahar. The perpetrators behind this dastardly attack should be brought to justice expeditiously.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif blamed "foreign-backed terrorists" for the attack.

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 Port, which is being developed with funding from India, has been described as India's "golden gateway" that will help boost trade links to land-locked Afghanistan and central Asia, while bypassing its regional rival, Pakistan.

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