deadly terrorist attack hits iran's chabahar
Thursday, December 06, 2018
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A terrorist car bomb explosion has hit near a police post in Iran’s southeastern port city of Chabahar, leaving two police officers dead and dozens of other people wounded.
Local officials said terrorists attacked the police headquarters in Chabahar, located in the southeastern province of Sistan-and-Baluchestan, with an explosives-laden vehicle on Thursday morning, local officials said.
The terrorists, however, failed to reach their target as security forces quickly responded to the situation and prevented them from entering the place, said Governor of Sistan-and-Baluchestan Province, Ahmad-Ali Mouhebati.
The terrorist behind the wheel was killed, said Mohammad Hadi Marashi, deputy governor for security affairs.
IRNA also cited informed sources as saying that sporadic shooting followed the blast.
There conflicting reports about the number of casualties.
Two police officers lost their lives in the terror attack, according to Marashi.
Health officials said 40 people also sustained injuries in the attack.
Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)’s Ground Force Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour personally visited the site of the attack.
The senior military official described the incident as “an indiscriminate terror attack, which yielded no results for the terrorists.”
Pakpour also said the situation is now under control, he said. “IRGC forces have been deployed to the site, and are fully on alert.”
The so-called Ansar al-Furqan terrorist group claimed responsibility for the assault, according to reports on social media.
Sistan-and-Baluchestan – which borders Pakistan -- has seen several terror attacks targeting both civilians and security forces over the past years.
Iranian forces have repeatedly busted terror groups in the province, foiling their planned attacks and confiscating weapons and ammunition in the course of their security operations.