Deadly suicide bombing hits Iran’s Chabahar

A suicide bomber killed at least three people in Iran’s southeastern port city of Chabahar on Thursday, state media reported.

“This morning a bomb inside a car exploded near a police station in Chabahar. Three people were killed and some others were injured,” Chabahar’s governor Rahmdel Bameria told state TV.

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Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Force Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour told semi-official Tasmin News Agency such a “blind terrorist attack” would achieve no results.

Chabahar lies in Sistan-Baluchistan near the border with Pakistan. The province has a Sunni Muslim ethnic Baluchi minority that straddles the border with Pakistan, where Baluchi separatists and jihadis are active.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but Tasmin blamed Ansar al-Furqan, a Sunni jihadi group.

Uptick in terror attacks

Terror attacks in Shiite Iran are rare, but militants have stepped up action in recent months. In September, gunmen dressed as soldiers attacked a military parade in Ahvaz, killing and injuring dozens. Arab separatists and the Islamic State (IS) issued competing claims for the attack, which prompted Iran to launch ballistic missiles at IS targets in Syria.

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In June last 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.

Iranian forces also regularly clash with Kurdish separatists along the mountainous border with the autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan region.

Tehran often blames the United States, Saudi Arabia and Israel for backing groups to destabilize Iran, something its rivals deny. 

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cw/ng (AFP, AP, Reuters)