Iran FM accuses ‘foreign-backed terrorists’ of Chabahar attack

Rare suicide car bombing kills at least three people in Iran

A coordinated June 2017 Islamic State 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.

State TV also showed footage of smoke rising over the city. Mark my words: "Iran WILL bring terrorists & their masters to justice" Zarif added in the tweet.

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

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. "The suicide attacker set off the explosion after stopping at police headquarters in Chabahar".

Iranian authorities have not identifed the perpetrator yet. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, though a semi-official news agency blamed a Sunni jihadi group for the assault.

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.

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

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"Foreign-backed terrorists kill & wound innocents in Chabahar".

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

Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif condemned the attack and warned "terrorists" that they will be punished.

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

Meanwhile, Rahmdel Bameri, caretaker of the Governor's Office in Chabahar County, underlined the strategic significance of the city as a free trade zone, which has a deep-water port on the Sea of Oman.

India has said it is ready to invest up to $500m in the development of the port that is key to its ambitions to chart a route to landlocked Central Asian countries and Afghanistan, bypassing Pakistan.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

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