Iran FM accuses foreign-backed terrorists of Chabahar attack

Carla Harmon
December 6, 2018

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. Reuters could not verify the authenticity of the videos.

A general view of the scene of a vehicle bombing in front of a police station in the city of Chabahar, on December 06, 2018 in southern Iran.

A little-known Sunni jihadist group claimed responsibility for the attack, which Iran's foreign minister accused of being "foreign-backed".


Chabahar city governor Rahmdel Bameri said many people were also wounded in the 10 am (0630 GMT) attack.

That attack was claimed by the Sunni separatist group Jundullah (or Soldiers of God), which has claimed responsibility for bombings in the past. Ansar al-Furqan is known to operate in Iran's southeastern Sistan and Baluchistan Province, which sees occasional attacks by Baluch separatists and drug traffickers. "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 in a statement.

"The terrorist grouplets are mainly linked to foreign security services like those belonging to Saudi Arabia, and have constantly been seeking to destabilize our border regions", said the IRGC official. "Iran will bring terrorists and their masters to justice", he said on his Twitter account.


Such acts of violence will also "boost the Islamic Republic of Iran's resolve to fight terrorism", said Jahangiri, calling for all-out efforts to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice.

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".

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


Chabahar Port, which is being developed with funding from India, has been described as India's "golden gateway" that will help boost trade links to land-locked Afghanistan and central Asia, while bypassing its regional rival, Pakistan.

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