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

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

State TV also aired footage of smoke rising over the city.

The bomber drove his vehicle, loaded with explosives, up to the police headquarters, provincial official Rahmdel Bameri told state TV. Head of Chabahar healthcare center also said a pregnant woman and a 16-year-old teenager are among the injured. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Mohammad Hadi Marashi, deputy governor for security affairs, told state TV that two police officers were killed in the attack.

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.

Al-Furqan in 2017 claimed responsibility for bombing an oil pipeline in the southwestern province of Khuzestan.

In June past year, IS militants attacked parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, killing at least 18 people and wounding more than 50.

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.

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Iran says armed groups have safe havens in Pakistan and has warned it will hit their bases there if Islamabad does not confront them.

"Iran will bring terrorists and their masters to justice", he wrote on Twitter. "As we've made clear in the past, such crimes won't go unpunished", Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted.

Pakistan strongly condemns terrorist auto bomb attack in Chahbahar in brotherly neighbouring Iran that has taken lives of 3 innocent people while injuring others.

According to early reports, explosion and shooting were heard in Iran's southeastern port Chabahar near the Pakistani border on Thursday morning, at 9:30 AM. "There can be no justification for any act of terror", an MEA statement said.

Chabahar has a deep-water port on the Gulf of Oman and with Indian assistance Iran has been developing it as a major energy and freight hub between Central Asia and India, bypassing Pakistan.

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

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