Iran FM accuses foreign-backed terrorists for Chabahar attack
06 December, 2018, 22:32 | Author: Donna Miller
Videos posted online by Iranian news agencies, purportedly from Chabahar, showed thick smoke rising in the area after the blast. No militant group immediately took responsibility for the attack.
Chabahar is located in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan, which is home to a Sunni minority in the largely Shia country, and has always been plagued by violence from both drug smugglers and separatists.
Four people have been killed and several more injured following a bomb explosion in the southeastern Iranian port city of Chabahar, Iranian officials told state TV.
The Indian foreign ministry strongly condemned the "despicable terrorist attack".
Separately, Brigadier General Ramezan Sharif, the spokesman of Iran's Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), vowed a "crushing response" not only to the terrorists who carried out the attack but also to the "groups backing them". 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.
Last year, in the first deadly assault claimed by Islamic State in Tehran, 18 people were killed at the parliament and mausoleum of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, founder of the Islamic Republic.
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Chabahar lies some 100 kilometres (60 miles) west of the Pakistan border and is home to a large Balochi community which straddles the two countries.
"Foreign-backed terrorists kill & wound innocents in Chabahar. There can be no justification for any act of terror", the MEA said.
He was apparently referring to a highly successful operation by Iranian intelligence services, which led to the capture in 2010 of Abdolmalek Rigi, the ringleader of the so-called Jundullah terror group. Mark my words: "Iran WILL bring terrorists & their masters to justice".
Chabahar is also the site of a port complex, which is being developed in cooperation with India as part of a new transportation corridor for landlocked Afghanistan.
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