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Suicide bomber kills 3 in Iran


At least three people have been killed in a bomb attack in Iran’s southeastern port city of Chabahar, says a state TV report on Thursday.

The car bomb, which exploded near a police station in the city, injured many other people, the report said.

“The suicide attacker set off the explosion after stopping at police headquarters in Chabahar,” the city’s acting governor Rahmdel Bameria was quoted as saying.

Mohammad Hadi Marashi, deputy governor for security affairs, told state TV that two police officers were killed in the attack. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

State TV also reported shooting in the area, which is located in the mainly Sunni province of Sistan-Baluchestan that has long been plagued by unrest from both drug smuggling gangs and separatist militants.

Images posted on Twitter purported to show thick smoke rising from the area, although  Reuters reported it could not verify the authenticity of the videos.

In 2010, two suicide bombers killed at least 28 people, including some of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards, at a Shi’ite Muslim mosque in southeast Iran. It was an attack that Iranian government officials said was backed by the US.

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