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A suicide vehicle bomber attacked a police headquarters in the southeastern Iranian port city of Chabahar on Thursday, December 6, 2018, killing at least two people and wounding 15, state TV reported.

Immediately after the bomber detonated the auto bomb, gunmen attempted to storm the police headquarters but were killed by security forces, Iranian media reported.

"Three people were killed and some others were injured", Chabahar's acting governor Rahmdel Bameri told state television.

A number of Iranian media have reported a auto explosion in the largest port city in Sistan-and-Balochistan province, Chabahar.

"India strongly condemns today's despicable terrorist attack in Chabahar, Iran".

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

Ansar al-Furqan is known to operate in Sistan and Baluchistan province, which sees occasional attacks by Baluch separatists and drug traffickers.

Videos posted online by Iranian news agencies, purportedly from Chabahar, showed thick smoke rising in the area after the blast. Reuters could not verify their authenticity.

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Chabahar city governor Rahmdel Bameri said earlier that four people were killed and many more wounded when the bomber blew up a vehicle, but later revised the death toll to two.

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

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

Separately, Brigadier General Ramezan Sharif, the spokesman of Iran's Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), vowed a "crushing response" not only to the terrorists who carried out the attack but also to the "groups backing them".

"Mark my words: Iran WILL bring terrorists & their masters to justice", Zarif said on Twitter.

Tehran often blames the United States, Saudi Arabia and Israel for backing groups to destabilize Iran, something its rivals deny. "There can be no justification for any act of terror", an MEA statement said.

India has said it is ready to invest up to $500m in the development of the port that is key to its ambitions to chart a route to landlocked Central Asian countries and Afghanistan, bypassing Pakistan.


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