At least 33 Iranians commemorating the martyrdom of the third Shia Imam died on Wednesday in a terror attack in the southeastern Iranian city of Chabahar. Chabahar governor Ali Bateni said at least 33 people, including women and children, have been killed and many more injured in the attack which occurred at the Imam Hussein mosque in Chabahar as Iranians were attending the religious Tasua ceremony.
Earlier reports put the number of those killed at 39.
Sunni group Jundallah has claimed responsibility for the attack. The group obtained explosive belts from Saudi Arabia, Iran's Press TV reported.
Over 80 people have also been injured in the attack, some of whom are in critical condition.
According to Bateni, security forces have arrested one of the perpetrators of the terrorist attack.
Meanwhile, an Iranian Intelligence Ministry official said three terrorists, who entered Iran from one of the neighboring countries, planned to carry out blind attacks in the southern and eastern parts of the country. Iranian Deputy Interior Minister Ali Abdollahi said the perpetrators of the attack were supported by regional and US intelligence services.