Friday, 14 December, 2018

India Strongly Condemns Terror Attack on Iranian Port City Chabahar

A terrorist blast hits Iran's southeastern port city of Chabahar A terrorist blast hits Iran's southeastern port city of Chabahar
Leonard Rios | 07 December, 2018, 11:17

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

The Tasnim news agency said there were reports that women and children were among the injured.

The top Iranian diplomat took to his Twitter page on Thursday to react to the vehicle bomb attack, which he said was perpetrated by "foreign-backed terrorists".

Although rare, Iran has been targeted in recent years by militant attacks. No militant group has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Authorities did not identify who was behind the attack, but Iranian media initially blamed the attack on Ansar al-Furqan, a Sunni jihadi group.

IRGC Ground Force Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour, who is also at the scene of the terror attack, said the attack was carried out in a blind fashion and had no outcome for the terrorists.

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

Al-Furqan in 2017 claimed responsibility for bombing an oil pipeline in the southwestern province of Khuzestan.

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"Foreign-backed terrorists kill & wound innocents in Chabahar".

In June previous 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.

"As we've made clear in the past, such crimes won't go unpunished: In 2010, our security services intercepted & captured extremists en route from UAE", Zarif said in what appeared to be a reference to the 2010 capture of Sunni insurgent leader Abdolmalek Rigi.

Chabahar is a free trade zone and the site of an Indian-backed port complex which is being developed as part of a new transportation corridor for land-locked Afghanistan.

"Mark my words: Iran WILL bring terrorists & their masters to justice", Zarif said on Twitter. "There can be no justification for any act of terror", the ministry said.

Washington has granted exceptions to some United States sanctions on Iran for the project.

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