Three dead in Iran terror attack


An Iranian ethnic Arab separatist Sunni militant group and Islamic State both claimed responsibility for that attack.

A suicide auto bombing followed by an armed assault killed at least two people and wounded many more outside police headquarters in the port city of Chabahar in restive southeastern Iran on Thursday.

"Terrorists attacked the police post in Chabahar with an explosives-laden vehicle", he said.

"The terrorists exploded a vehicle carrying explosives at the gate of the [police] headquarters", Bameri was quoted as saying by the official government news agency IRNA.

Mohammad Hadi Marashi, deputy governor for security affairs, told state TV that two police officers were killed in the attack.

Ansar al-Furqan, a Sunni jihadi group, clamed credit for the attack.

TV also reported shooting in the area, which is located in the mainly Sunni province of Sistan-Baluchestan that has always been plagued by unrest from both drug smuggling gangs and separatist militants.

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Last year, in the first deadly assault claimed by Islamic State in Tehran, 18 people were killed at the parliament and mausoleum of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, founder of the Islamic Republic.

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

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

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

"Foreign-backed terrorists kill & wound innocents in Chabahar", Zarif said on Twitter on December 6.

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