Te­heran blames for­eign­ers for at­tack

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD - TASNIM NEWS AGENCY VIA REUTERS

TE­HERAN — Ira­nian of­fi­cials have blamed for­eign­ers for Thurs­day’s deadly at­tack on se­cu­rity forces in Iran’s south­east­ern city of Chaba­har.

“For­eign-backed ter­ror­ists kill and wound in­no­cents in Chaba­har,” Ira­nian For­eign Minister Mo­ham­mad Javad Zarif, said in a post­ing on so­cial me­dia on Thurs­day.

“We’ve made clear in the past that such crimes won’t go un­pun­ished,” Zarif said, adding that “in 2010, our se­cu­rity ser­vices in­ter­cepted and cap­tured ex­trem­ists en route from the United Arab Emi­rates.

“Mark my words: Iran will bring ter­ror­ists and their masters to jus­tice,” Zarif said.

Be­sides, Iran’s Is­lamic Rev­o­lu­tion Guards Corps ac­cused for­eign in­tel­li­gence ser­vices of be­ing be­hind Thurs­day’s at­tack.

“Ter­ror­ist groups are mainly linked to for­eign in­tel­li­gence ser­vices,” said IRGC spokesman Ra­mazan Sharif.

He was quoted as say­ing on the IRGC’s of­fi­cial web­site that the ter­ror­ist groups “have al­ways sought to cre­ate in­se­cu­rity in our bor­ders”.

Iran will re­spond de­ter­minedly to these ter­ror­ist at­tacks, he said, adding that both the ter­ror­ists and their sup­port­ers will be pun­ished.

Ac­cord­ing to the lat­est re­ports, at least three peo­ple, in­clud­ing the at­tacker, were killed and 48 oth­ers were in­jured in the at­tack in Chaba­har on Thurs­day. Two of the vic­tims were se­cu­rity per­son­nel at the po­lice head­quar­ters.

The ter­ror­ists tar­geted the po­lice head­quar­ters in Chaba­har with a car packed with ex­plo­sives, Rah­mdel Bameri, gover­nor of Chaba­har, told Iran’s IRNA news agency.

The car was try­ing to en­ter the po­lice sta­tion, but “po­lice stopped the ex­plo­sive-laden car and started fir­ing at the driver”, said Bameri, adding that “the at­tacker then set off the ex­plo­sion near the po­lice head­quar­ters in Chaba­har”.

Videos posted on so­cial me­dia showed thick smoke ris­ing from the area.

No one has of­fi­cially claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack.

Iran’s south­east­ern Sis­tan and Baluches­tan Prov­ince, bor­der­ing Pak­istan, has been the scene of vi­o­lence and deadly clashes be­tween the Ira­nian se­cu­rity forces and the mil­i­tant groups, in­clud­ing drug ban­dits and sep­a­ratists, in re­cent years.

On Oct 16, a to­tal of 14 Ira­nian troops were kid­napped by an armed group at the na­tion’s south­east­ern Mir­javeh border cross­ing and taken to Pak­istan. Five of the ab­ducted guards were freed and re­turned to Iran on Nov 22.

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