Amir con­doles Iran on at­tack

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KUWAIT CITY, Dec 6, (Agen­cies): His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on Thurs­day sent a cable of con­do­lences to Ira­nian Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani.

In the cable, His High­ness the Amir ex­pressed Kuwait’s strong con­dem­na­tion of the re­cent ter­ror­ist car bomb ex­plo­sion that hit near a po­lice post in Iran’s south­east­ern port city of Chaba­har, leav­ing two po­lice of­fi­cers dead and a number of in­jured peo­ple.

His High­ness ex­pressed his sin­cere con­do­lences and sor­row to vic­tims of the ter­ror­ist

act, pray­ing for mercy for the de­creased ones and swift re­cov­ery for the wounded.

Mean­while, His High­ness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad AlJaber Al-Sabah and His High­ness the Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Jaber AlMubarak Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah sent sim­i­lar ca­bles to the Ira­nian pres­i­dent.

Speaker of the Na­tional Assem­bly Mar­zouq Ali Al-Ghanim sent Thurs­day a cable to Ira­nian par­lia­ment Speaker Dr Ali Lar­i­jani, ex­press­ing his con­do­lences over the vic­tims and those in­jured in the ter­ror­ist at­tack in the city of Chaba­har southeast of Iran.

At least three peo­ple died and 48 oth­ers were in­jured in a sui­cide car bomb at­tack on a po­lice head­quar­ters in Iran’s southeast on Thurs­day, state me­dia re­ported.

Tele­vi­sion also re­ported shoot­ing in the area, lo­cated in the re­gion of Sis­tanBaluches­tan, which is home to a Sunni Mus­lim mi­nor­ity in the largely Shi’ite coun­try and has long been plagued by vi­o­lence from both drug smug­glers and sep­a­ratists.

“Three peo­ple were killed and some oth­ers were in­jured,” Rah­mdel Bameri, act­ing gov­er­nor of the coastal city of Chaba­har told state tele­vi­sion, which re­ported the fig­ure of 48 hurt. Mo­ham­mad Hadi Marashi, deputy gov­er­nor for se­cu­rity af­fairs, told state TV two po­lice of­fi­cers were among the dead.

Videos posted on Twit­ter, pur­port­edly from Chaba­har, showed thick smoke ris­ing from the area.

“Po­lice stopped the ex­plo­sive-laden car and started fir­ing at the driver... who then set off the ex­plo­sion near the po­lice head­quar­ters in Chaba­har,” said Bameri.

The SITE In­tel­li­gence Group re­ported that Sunni ji­hadist group An­sar al-Furqan had claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack.

In June, Iran’s Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guards said they had killed the group’s sus­pected leader, Molavi Jalil Qan­bar-Zehi, in a moun­tain­ous area of Sis­tan Baluches­tan. A year ago the group claimed re­spon­si­bilty for a blast at an oil pipe­line in Iran’s south­ern Khuzes­tan prov­ince.

Sui­cide bomb­ings are rare in Iran, but Sunni mil­i­tant groups have car­ried out sev­eral at­tacks on Ira­nian se­cu­rity forces in the Sis­tan-Baluches­tan prov­ince in re­cent years.

Iran has stepped up se­cu­rity in bor­der ar­eas after gun­men in Septem­ber opened fire on a mil­i­tary pa­rade in Iran’s south­west­ern city of Ah­vaz, killing 25 peo­ple, al­most half of them mem­bers of Iran’s elite Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guards corps.

Last year, in the first deadly as­sault claimed by Is­lamic State in Tehran, 18 peo­ple were killed at the par­lia­ment and mau­soleum of rev­o­lu­tion­ary leader Ay­a­tol­lah Ruhol­lah Khome­ini.

Tehran ac­cuses its Sunni-led re­gional ri­val Saudi Ara­bia and the United States of fund­ing Sunni mil­i­tants, a charge Riyadh and Wash­ing­ton deny.

“For­eign-backed ter­ror­ists kill & wound in­no­cents in Chaba­har. As we’ve made clear in the past, such crimes won’t go un­pun­ished,” For­eign Min­is­ter Mo­ham­mad Javad Zarif tweeted. “Mark my words: Iran WILL bring ter­ror­ists & their masters to jus­tice.”

Iran also says that mil­i­tant groups are shel­ter­ing across the bor­der in Pak­istan and has threat­ened to at­tack their bases if Islamabad does not con­front them.

Chaba­har is a free trade zone and the site of an In­dian-backed port com­plex be­ing de­vel­oped as part of a new trans­porta­tion cor­ri­dor for land­locked Afghanistan.

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