Published: Fri, December 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Iran’s FM: Terror Attack in Chabahar Not to Go Unpunished

Iran’s FM: Terror Attack in Chabahar Not to Go Unpunished

According to early reports, explosion and shooting were heard in Iran's southeastern port Chabahar near the Pakistani border on Thursday morning, at 9:30 AM.

"Mark my words: Iran WILL bring terrorists & their masters to justice", the foreign minister emphasized.
"The suicide attacker set off the explosion after stopping at police headquarters in Chabahar".

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif blamed "foreign-backed terrorists" for the attack.

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.

Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal, in a tweet message had strongly condemned the terrorism in Iran's port city of Chahbahar.

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

Bameri added that such attacks are meant to "destabilize Chabahar, Iran's largest oceanic port, and disrupt the peaceful and friendly climate in there". New Delhi considers the port in Chabahar, which lies in Sistan-Baluchistan province of Iran, very crucial for its strategic interest in the region.

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

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

An official said that "the terrorist who carried out the attack was killed".

That attack was claimed by the Sunni separatist group Jundullah (or Soldiers of God), which has claimed responsibility for bombings in the past.

While rare, Iran has been targeted by armed groups in recent years.

In a message, Vice President Es'haq Jahangiri also said such terror attacks are meant to create a rift within the united ranks of Iranian people, but they are doomed to failure and will only strengthen the nation's national unity and convergence. "There can be no justification for any act of terror", the MEA said.

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