Bomb kills three in Iranian port city Chabahar: state media

The television says several people were also wounded in the “terrorist attack”. — AP  File

At least three people died and 24 others were injured in a suicide auto bomb attack on the police headquarters in Iran's southeast on Thursday, state media reported, adding that the perpetrator was killed.

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.

General view of damages after a suicide vehicle bomber outside a police station in Chabahar, Iran on Thursday.

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

The report went on to say that shooting could also be heard in the city.

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 militant group immediately took responsibility for the attack.

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Iran has stepped up security in border areas after gunmen in September opened fire on a military parade in Iran's southwestern city of Ahvaz, killing 25 people, nearly half of them members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards corps.

Terror attacks in Shiite Iran are rare, but militants have stepped up action in recent months.

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

Arab separatists and the Islamic State group both claimed responsibility for the attack.

Chabahar lies some 100 kilometres (60 miles) west of the Pakistan border and is home to a large, mainly Sunni Muslim ethnic Baluchi community which straddles the two countries.

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