India on Thursday strongly condemned the "despicable" terrorist attack in the southeastern Iranian port city of Chabahar and said the perpetrators of the crime must be brought to justice expeditiously.
"Iran WILL bring terrorists and their masters to justice", the Iranian minister underlined.
"This was a blind terrorist attack", Pakpur told the semiofficial Tasnim news agency.
Sistan-Baluchistan province, where the bombing hit, has always been a flashpoint, with Pakistan-based Baluchi separatists and jihadists carrying out cross-border attacks.
According to security officials, the explosion was caused by a vehicle bomb going off in front of the Police Headquarters in Chabahar, Sistan and Baluchestan province.
Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli also issued a statement in condemnation of the Chabahar terror assault, saying the "savage attack" proved again that the "evil hegemonic system would spare no plot" to target the nation. No militant group immediately took responsibility for the attack. A year ago, the group claimed to have blown up an oil pipeline in Iran's southern Khuzestan province. "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.
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"Foreign-backed terrorists kill & wound innocents in Chabahar".
"As we've made clear in the past, such crimes won't go unpunished: In 2010, our security services intercepted & captured extremists en route from UAE", Zarif wrote in the tweet.
Pakpur also said several hours after the explosion that calm and security had returned to the city of Chabahar.
In June previous year, IS militants attacked parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, killing at least 18 people and wounding more than 50.
Meanwhile, Rahmdel Bameri, caretaker of the Governor's Office in Chabahar County, underlined the strategic significance of the city as a free trade zone, which has a deep-water port on the Sea of Oman.
India is developing the Chabahar port along with Iran and Afghanistan.