Gunmen attack military parade in Iran's Ahvaz

22 September, 2018, 13:30 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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Several people were killed after unknown gunmen opened fire during a military parade in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz on Saturday, Iranian state television reported.

Zarif vowed Iran would "respond swiftly and decisively in defence of Iranian lives".

Military parades were being held around the country on Saturday to mark the anniversary of Iran's eight-year war with Iraq in the 1980s. Paramedics could be seen helping someone in military fatigues lying on the ground.

The semi-official ISNA news agency published photographs of the attack's aftermath, with bloodied troops in dress uniforms helping each other walk away. Gunfire rang out in the background.

Mojtaba Zonnour, a member of the Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, told Tehran-based al-Alam News Network that the number of the martyred of a Saturday terrorist attack at a military parade in Ahvaz has risen to 29, with 57 injured, including women and children. "People have been killed but we have no figures yet".

Foreign minister Mohammed Javad Zarif has blamed the attack on "regional terror sponsors". He did not immediately elaborate.

Ahvaz is the capital of Iran's oil-rich Khuzestan Province, which has seen multiple attacks on oil pipelines by Arab separatists in the past.

The attack was carried out by two gunmen on a motorcycle, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.

The official IRNA news agency said a woman and a child were among the wounded.

Hosseinzadeh also said in the clash, the security forces managed to kill two terrorists and arrest the two remaining militants.

A state TV report said the assailants were "Takifiri gunmen", a term sometimes used to describe Islamic State. Iran has been deeply involved in the fight against IS in Iraq and has aided embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad in his country's long war.

The Revolutionary Guard is a paramilitary force answerable only to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

ISNA said an unnamed spokesman for the Revolutionary Guards blamed Arab nationalists backed by Saudi Arabia for the attack.



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