India Condemns Terror Attack In Iran's Chabahar

A display featuring missiles and a portrait of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is seen at Baharestan Square in Tehran Iran

A display featuring missiles and a portrait of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is seen at Baharestan Square in Tehran Iran

Four people have been killed and several more injured following a bomb explosion in the southeastern Iranian port city of Chabahar, Iranian officials told state TV.

Mohammad Hadi Marashi, the deputy governor in charge of security, said the assailants tried to enter the city's police headquarters but "they were prevented by the guards and they detonated the vehicle bomb".

Images posted online showed thick smoke rising from the sky in the area where the incident took place.

Chabahar city governor Rahmdel Bameri said many people were also wounded in the 10 am (0630 GMT) attack. New Delhi considers the port in Chabahar, which lies in Sistan-Baluchistan province of Iran, very crucial for its strategic interest in the region. Reuters could not verify the authenticity of the videos.

No militant group immediately claimed responsibility.

Arab separatists and the Islamic State (IS) issued competing claims for the attack, which prompted Iran to launch ballistic missiles at IS targets in Syria.

The TV station broke into its regular broadcast to report the attack, as such assaults are rare in the Islamic Republic. In September, gunmen dressed as soldiers attacked a military parade in Ahvaz, killing and injuring dozens.

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.

In 2010, two suicide bombers killed at least 28 people, including some of the elite Revolutionary Guards, at a Shi'ite mosque in southeast Iran, an attack Iranian leaders said was backed by the United States.

Chabahar city is around 100 km from Iran's border with Pakistan.