India strongly condemns Chabahar terror attack

India strongly condemns Chabahar terror attack

Footage showed smoke rising over the city.

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

"The attacker set off the bomb as soon as he stopped outside Chabahar's police headquarters", Bamari said.

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

There was no immediate claim of responsiblity for the attack.

TV also reported shooting in the area, which is located in the mainly Sunni province of Sistan-Baluchestan that has always been plagued by unrest from both drug smuggling gangs and separatist militants. A year ago, the group claimed to have blown up an oil pipeline in Iran's southern Khuzestan province. Arab separatists and the Islamic State group both claimed the assault.

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.

A coordinated June 2017 Islamic State 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.

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

"As we've made clear in the past, such crimes won't go unpunished: In 2010, our security services intercepted & captured extremists en route from UAE", Zarif said in what appeared to be a reference to the 2010 capture of Sunni insurgent leader Abdolmalek Rigi. Mark my words: "Iran WILL bring terrorists & their masters to justice".

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".

Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal, in a tweet message had strongly condemned the terrorism in Iran's port city of Chahbahar.

Pakistan became the first country to condemn the terror attack, with its Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mohammad Faisal, calling for "concerted efforts" to uproot terrorism and prevent its spread. "There can be no justification for any act of terror", an MEA statement said.

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