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3 killed in explosion in southern Iran’s port town of Chabahar

3 killed in explosion in southern Iran’s port town of Chabahar

Arab separatists and the Islamic State (IS) issued competing claims for the attack, which prompted Iran to launch ballistic missiles at IS targets in Syria.

At least three people were killed in a bomb attack in Iran's southeastern port city of Chabahar on Thursday, state TV reported, adding that many others were injured.

Rahmdel Bameri, a provincial official, said a suicide attacker driving a vehicle loaded with explosives drove up to the police headquarters.

The blast near Chabahar's police headquarters on Shahid Rigi Boulevard has been confirmed by Mohammad Hadi Marashi, the deputy security chief of the province. New Delhi considers the port in Chabahar, which lies in Sistan-Baluchistan province of Iran, very crucial for its strategic interest in the region.

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

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

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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.

That attack was claimed by a Sunni Muslim group called, Jundallah, also known as Soldiers of God.

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

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

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