Rare sui­cide car bomb­ing in Iran kills at least two

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A sui­cide car bomber has at­tacked a po­lice head­quar­ters in the Ira­nian port city of Chaba­har, killing at least two peo­ple and wound­ing sev­eral oth­ers, ac­cord­ing to state TV.

The TV sta­tion broke into its reg­u­lar broad­cast to re­port the at­tack, as such as­saults are rare in the Is­lamic Re­pub­lic.

Rah­mdel Bameri, a provin­cial of­fi­cial, said a sui­cide at­tacker driv­ing a ve­hi­cle loaded with ex­plo­sives drove up to the po­lice head­quar­ters. Of­fi­cers blocked the ve­hi­cle and started fir­ing at the driver, who then det­o­nated his ex­plo­sives. Footage showed smoke ris­ing over the city.

The au­thor­i­ties did not iden­tify who was be­hind the at­tack, but Ira­nian me­dia ini­tially blamed it on An­sar alFurqan, a Sunni ji­hadi group.

An­sar al-Furqan is known to op­er­ate in Iran’s south-east­ern Sis­tan and Baluchis­tan prov­ince, which sees oc­ca­sional at­tacks by Baluch sep­a­ratists and drug traf­fick­ers. A year ago the group claimed to have blown up an oil pipe­line in Iran’s south­ern Khuzes­tan prov­ince.

Chaba­har is on Iran’s south-east­ern coast near the bor­der with Pak­istan,.

Last month the US reim­posed sanc­tions on Iran that had been lifted af­ter Tehran’s nu­clear deal with world pow­ers. While Iran still com­plies with the ac­cord, Don­ald Trump with­drew in part due to Tehran’s bal­lis­tic mis­sile pro­gramme, its “ma­lign be­hav­iour” in the Mid­dle East and its sup­port of mil­i­tant groups such as Hezbol­lah.

While sui­cide bomb­ings are rare in Iran, there have been other mil­i­tant at­tacks. In Septem­ber, gun­men dis­guised as sol­diers opened fire on a mil­i­tary pa­rade in Ah­vaz, killing and wound­ing dozens. Arab sep­a­ratists and Is­lamic State both claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity.

In June last year a co­or­di­nated Isis as­sault on par­lia­ment and the shrine of Ay­a­tol­lah Ruhol­lah Khome­ini, the leader of Iran’s 1979 Is­lamic rev­o­lu­tion, killed at least 18 peo­ple and wounded more than 50.

Pho­to­graph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Im­ages

Of­fi­cials in­spect the scene of the at­tack in Chaba­har.

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