Three dead in Iran terror attack

A general view of the scene of a car bombing in front of a police station in the city of Chabahar

A general view of the scene of a car bombing in front of a police station in the city of Chabahar

At least three people died and 24 others were injured in a suicide vehicle bomb attack on the police headquarters in Iran's southeast on Thursday, state media reported, adding that the perpetrator was killed. "Three people were killed and some others were injured", Chabahar's acting governor Rahmdel Bameria told state TV.

The suicide attacker, driving a vehicle loaded with explosives, drove up to the police headquarters, according to General Mohammad Pakpour of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

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.

Authorities did not identify who was behind the attack, but Iranian media initially blamed the attack on Ansar al-Furqan, a Sunni jihadi group. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Images posted online showed thick smoke rising from the sky in the area where the incident took place. The perpetrators behind this dastardly attack should be brought to justice expeditiously. In September, gunmen dressed as soldiers attacked a military parade in Ahvaz, killing and injuring dozens.

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On June 7, 2017 another co-ordinated Islamic State group attack on parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution, killed at least 18 people and wounded more than 50.

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

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

Arab separatists and the militant Islamic State (IS) group both claimed the assault.

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