Iran FM accuses foreign-backed terrorists of Chabahar attack

Arturo Kim
December 7, 2018

State TV also aired footage of smoke rising over the city.

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

The bomber drove his vehicle, loaded with explosives, up to the police headquarters, provincial official Rahmdel Bameri told state TV.

Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli also issued a statement in condemnation of the Chabahar terror assault, saying the "savage attack" proved again that the "evil hegemonic system would spare no plot" to target the nation.

He was referring to the capture, trial and subsequent execution in June 2010 of Abdolmalek Rigi, the leader of militant group Jundallah who had waged a deadly insurgency in Sistan-Balochistan.

In a message, Vice President Es'haq Jahangiri also said such terror attacks are meant to create a rift within the united ranks of Iranian people, but they are doomed to failure and will only strengthen the nation's national unity and convergence.

Chabahar lies in Sistan-Baluchistan province which has always been a flashpoint, with Pakistan-based Baluchi separatists and Sunni Muslim extremists carrying out cross-border attacks targeting the Shiite authorities. A year ago, the group claimed to have blown up an oil pipeline in Iran's southern Khuzestan province.

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That attack was claimed by the Sunni separatist group Jundullah (or Soldiers of God), which has claimed responsibility for bombings in the past.

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

"In 2010, our security services intercepted & captured extremists en route from UAE".

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

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

Pakistan has strongly denounced a terrorist attack in Iranian port city of Chahbahar, that claimed lives of at least three innocent people while injuring forty others. "There can be no justification for any act of terror", the ministry said.

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