Four Dead Amid Car Blast, Shooting in Southern Iranian Port of Chabahar

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Arab separatists and the Islamic State (IS) issued competing claims for the attack, which prompted Iran to launch ballistic missiles at IS targets in Syria.

A suicide vehicle bomber attacked a police headquarters in the Iranian port city of Chabahar on Thursday, killing at least two police and wounding 28 people, state TV reported.

Rahmdel Bameri, Chabahar's acting governor, was among the Iranian officials who said two victims were killed by the December 6 car-bomb attack.

The official IRNA news agency said it was a vehicle bombing.

"This terrorist act led to the martyrdom of two members of the police force", the province's deputy governor in charge of security, Mohammad Hadi Marashi, told state television.

In an online communique, the Sunni jihadist group Ansar al-Furqan claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the Washington-based SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors online extremist activity.

The southeastern port city in Iran's Sistan and Balochestan province is located near the border with Pakistan.

State television broke into its regular broadcast to report the attack, as such assaults are rare in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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

Images posted on Twitter purported to show thick smoke rising from the area.

In September, gunmen disguised as soldiers opened fire on a military parade in Ahvaz, killing and wounding dozens.

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

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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