India strongly condemns Chabahar terror attack

State TV says suicide car bombing kills 2 in southeast Iran

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.

Television also reported shooting in the area, located in the region of Sistan-Baluchestan, which is home to a Sunni Muslim minority in the largely Shi'ite country and has always been plagued by violence from both drug smugglers and separatists. "Three people were killed and some others were injured", Chabahar's acting governor Rahmdel Bameria told state TV. He did not elaborate.

"The terrorists tried to enter Chabahar police headquarters but they were prevented by the guards and they detonated the vehicle bomb", Marashi said without elaborating on how many assailants took part.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Videos shared on Twitter said to be taken from the scene shows smoke rising into the sky with the sound of sirens heard in the background. Reuters could not verify their authenticity.

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Chabahar lies in Sistan-Balochistan province which has always been a flashpoint. In September, gunmen dressed as soldiers attacked a military parade in Ahvaz, killing and injuring dozens. No militant group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. "We express our condolences to the government and the people of Iran and the families of the victims of this attack", the Ministry of External Affairs said.

Tehran accuses its Sunni-led regional rival Saudi Arabia and the United States of funding most of these groups, a charge that Riyadh and Washington deny.

Terror attacks in Shiite Iran are rare, but militants have stepped up action in recent months.

Chabahar city is around 100 km from Iran's border with Pakistan.

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