At least three people died and 24 others were injured in a suicide auto bomb attack on the police headquarters in Iran's southeast on Thursday, state media reported, adding that the perpetrator was killed.
The suicide attacker, driving a vehicle loaded with explosives, drove up to the police headquarters, according to General Mohammad Pakpour of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
"This morning a bomb inside a vehicle exploded near a police station in Chabahar". Ansar al-Furqan is known to operate in Iran's southeastern Sistan and Baluchistan Province, which sees occasional attacks by Baluch separatists and drug traffickers.
Videos shared on Twitter said to be taken from the scene shows smoke rising into the sky with the sound of sirens heard in the background.
The TV station broke into its regular broadcast to report the attack, as such assaults are rare in the Islamic Republic. "We express our condolences to the government and the people of Iran and the families of the victims of this attack", the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.
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No militant group immediately claimed responsibility.
The attack comes as Iran's economy reels in the wake of the United States re-imposing sanctions lifted by Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers.
That attack was claimed by a Sunni Muslim group called, Jundallah, also known as Soldiers of God.
It said India condemned the "despicable terror" attack.
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.