Fri. Feb 22nd, 2019

Four people arrested in Iran for the suicide attack in Chabahar

Four people arrested in Iran for the suicide attack in Chabahar

Iranian security forces detained four people for alleged involvement in the suicide attack that killed two people and injured 43 people in the city of Chabahar on Thursday, the prosecution said today.

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The attorney general of the province of Sistan and Baluchistan, where Chabahar is located, Ali Movahedi Rad, explained to the official IRNA agency that Iranian intelligence identified and arrested the suspects shortly after the attack, perpetrated with a car bomb.

The arrests took place in different cities of this southeastern province, said the prosecutor, adding that investigations continue to determine the role of those arrested in the attack and to identify other possible perpetrators or accomplices.

For his part, the Iranian intelligence minister, Mahmud Alaví, denounced today that "the secret services of some regional countries, together with the Zionist regime of Israel and the US, support terrorist activities inside Iran."

Alaví criticized that, in the opinion of these countries, "terrorism that is in line with its objectives is not condemnable."

Hours after the attack, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Yavad Zarif has already accused foreign countries of supporting the authors of the Chabahar suicide bombing.

"Terrorists supported from abroad kill and injure the innocent in Chabahar, as we have made clear in the past, these crimes will not go unpunished," Zarif wrote on Twitter.

The attack caused the death of two policemen and injured 43 people, who were at the entrance of the police headquarters where the suicide bomber detonated the car bomb that drove.

Sistan and Baluchistan, bordering Pakistan, is a province in which Sunni extremist groups opposed to the Shiite government of Tehran operate, one of which kidnapped fourteen Iranian border guards in mid-October.

The terrorist attacks are frequent in the borders of Iran with Pakistan and Iraq, but little habitual in the interior of the country, although already there are other precedents, both vindicated by the jihadist group Islamic State (EI).

Last September, 24 people were killed and 60 wounded in an attack during a military parade in the city of Ahvaz, while in June 2017 a double attack against the Iranian Parliament and the Imam Khomeini mausoleum in Tehran resulted in 17 dead and 50 injured.


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