At least three people have been killed following a car bombing attack in Iran’s southern port city of Chabahar, state television Press TV reported, quoting security officials.
Press TV quoted Mohammad Hadi Mar’ashi, security aide to the governor of Sistan and Balochestan province, as saying that a number of people have also been injured in the attack on Thursday.
Other reports say at least 19 people were also hurt, but Al Jazeera could not immediately verify the number of injuries.
Tasnim news agency reported that Chabahar’s police headquarters was targeted in the suicide attack.
Images posted online showed thick smoke rising from the sky in the area where the incident took place.
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There was no immediate claim of responsiblity for the attack.
The southeastern port city in Iran’s Sistan and Balochestan province is located near the border with Pakistan.
It hosts the operation of a joint port project between Iran and India.
Chabahar Port, which is being developed with funding from India, has been described as India’s “golden gateway” that will help boost trade links to land-locked Afghanistan and central Asia, while bypassing its regional rival, Pakistan.
In December 2010, at least 41 people were killed and 90 others were wounded following a suicide attack near a mosque in the city.
The attack was claimed by a Sunni Muslim group called, Jundallah, also known as Soldiers of God.