Friday, 14 December, 2018

3 killed in explosion in southern Iran’s port town of Chabahar

Iran Three killed in Chabahar suicide bombing says state media Datawrapper OpenStreet Map Contributors
Deanna Wagner | 06 December, 2018, 16:26

Iranian officials and state media are reporting that two security guards have been killed in a suicide attack outside police headquarters in the southeastern port city of Chabahar.

General view of damages after a suicide auto bomber outside a police station in Chabahar, Iran on Thursday. "Three people were killed and some others were injured", Chabahar's acting governor Rahmdel Bameria told state TV.

IRNA also cited unnamed sources as saying that sporadic shooting had followed the explosion.

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.

Last year, in the first deadly assault claimed by Islamic State in Tehran, 18 people were killed at the parliament and mausoleum of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, founder of the Islamic Republic.

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Videos posted online by Iranian news agencies, purportedly from Chabahar, showed thick smoke rising in the area after the blast.

It said India condemned the "despicable terror" attack.

The attack comes as Iran's economy reels in the wake of the U.S. re-imposing sanctions lifted by Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers. In September, gunmen dressed as soldiers attacked a military parade in Ahvaz, killing and injuring dozens.

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.

Chabahar, on Iran's south-eastern coast near the border with Pakistan, is home to a recently built port and is an "economic free zone".