According to the deputy governor of Chabahar, the suicide bomber driving in a Nissan pickup was planning to attack the Chabahar Police HQ, but was stopped by police officers at the front gate and detonated the explosives packed in the vehicle. "Three people were killed and some others were injured", Rahmdel Bameri, acting governor of Chabahar told state television, which reported the figure of 48 hurt.
Jaish al-Adl (Army of Justice), a Sunni militant group that has carried out several attacks on Iranian security forces, mainly in Sistan-Baluchestan, claimed responsibility for an attack that killed 10 border guards near Pakistan in 2017.
Pakistan became the first country to condemn the terror attack, with its Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mohammad Faisal, calling for "concerted efforts" to uproot terrorism and prevent its spread.More news: SpaceX rocket sends worms, liquid fuel to Int'l Space Station
"Pakistan strongly condemns terrorist auto bomb attack in Chabahar in brotherly neighboring Iran".
The province has a large, mainly Sunni Muslim ethnic Baluchi community which straddles the border and has always been a flashpoint, with Pakistan-based Baluchi separatists and jihadists carrying out cross-border attacks targeting the Shiite authorities. Arab separatists and Daesh both claimed the assault.
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif blamed "foreign-backed terrorists" for the attack.More news: Eiffel Tower to close Saturday over planned protests in Paris
That attack was claimed by the Sunni separatist group Jundullah (or Soldiers of God), which has claimed responsibility for bombings in the past. "There can be no justification for any act of terror", the MEA said.
Due to its importance as a trade gateway for landlocked Afghanistan, it is the only Iranian port exempt from sanctions imposed by the United States earlier this year after Washington pulled out of the landmark nuclear deal between major powers and Tehran.
Washington has granted exceptions to some USA sanctions on Iran for the project.More news: Former US President George H W Bush dies aged 94