Foreign Ministry denounces terror attack in Iran's Chabahar

Foreign Ministry denounces terror attack in Iran's Chabahar

Rahmdel Bameri, a provincial official, said a suicide attacker driving a vehicle loaded with explosives drove up to the police headquarters.

The Foreign Ministry on Thursday condemned the terrorist attack on a police station in the port city of Chabahar in southeast Iran.

The so-called Ansar al-Furqan terrorist group later claimed responsibility for the assault.

Chabahar has a deep-water port on the Gulf of Oman and with Indian assistance Iran has been developing it as a 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.

A suicide bomber, who couldn't drive the vehicle into the police post's yard due to police intervention, blew the auto up, Bamri added. Arab separatists and the Islamic State group both claimed the assault.

"Iran WILL bring terrorists and their masters to justice" Zarif tweeted. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

More news: Kate Middleton reveals Prince Louis is learning to wave

The province has a Sunni Muslim ethnic Baluchi minority that straddles the border with Pakistan, where Baluchi separatists and jihadis are active.

In September, gunmen dressed as soldiers attacked a military parade in Ahvaz, killing and injuring dozens.

Chabahar, near Iran's border with Pakistan on the Arabian Sea, is home to a new port recently built and is an economic free zone for the country.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif blamed "foreign-backed terrorists" for the attack. "There can be no justification for any act of terror", an MEA statement said.

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

The US, the Israeli regime and "the terrorist governments in the region that support them" feel desperate and angry over the "shameful defeat" they have suffered in their attempts to strip the Iranian nation of their independence and freedom, he said.

Related Articles