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India strongly condemns Iran's Chabahar terror attack

06 December 2018, 10:31 | Myron Mathis

People and security forces inspect the site of a terrorist blast in Chabahar Sistan-and Baluchestan Province southeastern Iran

People and security forces inspect the site of a terrorist blast in Chabahar Sistan-and Baluchestan Province southeastern Iran

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.

In an online communique, the Sunni jihadist group Ansar al-Furqan claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the Washington-based SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors online extremist activity.

A general view of the scene of a vehicle bombing in front of a police station in the city of Chabahar, on December 06, 2018 in southern Iran.

At least two people were killed and many more injured in the terror attack outside police headquarters in Chabahar.

"Police stopped the explosive-laden vehicle and started firing at the driver. who then set off the explosion near the police headquarters in Chabahar", said Bameri.

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.

A little-known Sunni jihadist group claimed responsibility for the attack, which Iran's foreign minister accused of being "foreign-backed". "As we've made clear in the past, such crimes won't go unpunished", Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted.

Chabahar lies some 100 kilometres (60 miles) west of the Pakistan border and is home to a large Balochi community which straddles the two countries.

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

Citing Afghanistan's economy, the U.S. last approved a sanctions exemption for Chabahar when it re-imposed a second round of bans against Iran months after its withdrawal from a 2015 multilateral deal with Iran, which is officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Arab separatists and the militant Islamic State (IS) group both claimed the assault. "There can be no justification for any act of terror", the ministry said.

"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.

Suicide attacks are rare in Iran.

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