12 martyred, 60 injured in terror attack on military parade in Ahvaz

Iran 25 killed in attack on military march

Gunmen attacked a military parade in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz on Saturday, killing 24 and wounding 53, Iran's state-run IRNA news agency said.

"The number of martyrs of the terrorist incident reached 24, some of whom were women and children among the spectators", the official Islamic Republic News Agency (Irna) said, adding that the death toll could rise further as numerous wounded were in critical condition.

The semiofficial Fars news agency said two gunmen on a motorcycle wearing khaki uniforms carried out the attack.

Both the Islamic State (IS) and an anti-government Arab group have claimed responsibility for the attack. Suspicion immediately fell on the region's Arab separatists, who previously only attacked unguarded oil pipelines under the cover of darkness.

He added that none of the terrorists could escape, noting that other reports about the details of the attack are not confirmed. The Guard also has vast holdings in Iran's economy. Islamic State militants also claimed responsibility.

"12 people were martyred and over 30 others were wounded during the terrorist attack on the Armed Forces' parades in Ahwaz south Iran", Deputy Governor-General of Khouzestan province Hosseinzadeh told FNA on Saturday.

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"Terrorists recruited, trained, armed & paid by a foreign regime have attacked Ahvaz", Zarif said in a tweet, adding: "Iran holds regional terror sponsors and their United States masters accountable for such attacks".

State television aired footage of the aftermath of the assault on Ahvaz's Quds, or Jerusalem, Boulevard, which like many other places around the country saw an annual parade marking the start of Iran's long 1980s war with Iraq.

State media say Islamist militants are thought to be behind the attack.

Iran's Armed Forces staged the countrywide military parades to mark the Sacred Defense Week on the 38th anniversary of the onset of the Iraqi imposed war on the Islamic Republic back in 1980.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani vowed earlier on Saturday to boost his country's ballistic missile capabilities despite crippling sanctions imposed by US President Donald Trump on the country.

Those attackers were identified as members of Iran's Sunni Kurdish minority who had joined the Islamic State. The assault shocked Tehran, which largely has avoided militant attacks in the decades after the tumult surrounding the Islamic Revolution.

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