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Bomb attack kills three in Chabahar city of Iran: state media

Bomb attack kills three in Chabahar city of Iran: state media”

A suicide auto bomber has attacked a police headquarters in the Iranian port city of Chabahar, killing at least three people and wounding several others, according to state TV.

Chabahar lies in Sistan-Balochistan province which has always been a flashpoint.

The blast near Chabahar's police headquarters on Shahid Rigi Boulevard has been confirmed by Mohammad Hadi Marashi, the deputy security chief of the province. "Three people were killed and some others were injured", Chabahar's acting governor Rahmdel Bameria told state TV.

The report went on to say that shooting could also be heard in the city.

India Thursday strongly condemned the "despicable" terrorist attack in the southeastern Iranian port city of Chabahar and said the perpetrators of the crime must be brought to justice expeditiously.

In an online communique, the Sunni jihadist group Ansar al-Furqan claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the Washington-based SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors online extremist activity.

The television said several people were also wounded in the terrorist attack.

The attack comes as Iran's economy reels in the wake of the U.S. re-imposing sanctions lifted by Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers.

Images posted online showed thick smoke rising from the sky in the area where the incident took place.

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

In September, gunmen disguised as soldiers opened fire on a military parade in Ahvaz, killing and wounding dozens.

Chabahar is a key port city on the Gulf of Oman about 100 kilometers west of Iran's border with Pakistan.



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