Iran FM accuses foreign-backed terrorists of Chabahar attack

Iran FM accuses foreign-backed terrorists of Chabahar attack

"The terrorists tried to enter Chabahar police headquarters but they were prevented by the guards and they detonated the vehicle bomb", Marashi said without elaborating on how many assailants took part.

India has strongly condemned the terror attack which occurred in Iranian port city of Chabahar killing three, including two policemen and injuring more than a dozen.

Mohammad Hadi Marashi, deputy governor for security affairs, told state television two police officers had been killed.

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

In June, Iran's Revolutionary Guards said they had killed the group's suspected leader, Molavi Jalil Qanbar-Zehi, in a mountainous area of Sistan Baluchestan.

The top Iranian diplomat took to his Twitter page on Thursday to react to the vehicle bomb attack, which he said was perpetrated by "foreign-backed terrorists". A year ago the group claimed responsibility for a blast at an oil pipeline in Iran's southern Khuzestan province.

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It is located in Iran's southeastern region of Sistan-Baluchistan, home to a Sunni Muslim minority in largely Shi'ite Iran.

Sistan-Baluchistan province, where the bombing hit, has always been a flashpoint, with a number of attacks reported in recent past.

That attack was claimed by the Sunni separatist group Jundullah (or Soldiers of God), which has claimed responsibility for bombings in the past. Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, blamed Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for the attack, allegations denied by both countries.

"Iran will bring terrorists and their masters to justice", he wrote on Twitter.

IRGC Ground Force Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour, who is also at the scene of the terror attack, said the attack was carried out in a blind fashion and had no outcome for the terrorists.

The first shipment of Indian wheat, bound for Afghanistan, passed through Chabahar Port previous year.

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