Published: Sat, September 22, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Terrorists open fire at military parade in Ahvaz

Terrorists open fire at military parade in Ahvaz

Gunmen have opened fire during an Iranian military parade in the south-western city of Ahvaz, killing several people, including civilians, and injuring at least 20, state media say.

Following a deadly attack on a military parade in southern Iran, the country's foreign minister said that regional sponsors of terrorism and their "US masters" are to be held accountable for such assaults.

This is a developing story and will be updated accordingly.

The state-run IRNA news agency said the wounded included a woman and a child but did not elaborate.

Photos shared by a state news agency show a man in military fatigues with blood running down his back being helped towards a vehicle by a group of men.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the assault in Ahvaz, which saw gunfire spray into a crowd of marching Guardsmen, bystanders and government officials watching from a nearby riser.

The moment the attack begins is shown in the social media post below.

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

Ahvaz, in southwestern Khuzestan province, is home to the small Arab minority in Iran, which is mainly ethnic Persian.

Fars news agency said the attack started at 09:00 local time (06:30 BST) and appeared to involve at least two gunmen.

Earlier reports on Saturday described the assailants as Takfiri, a term previously used to describe Islamic State.

Iran is also now facing intensified attacks in its Kurdish-majority provinces (Rojhilat) and along its Western border with the Kurdistan Region, where Kurdish opposition groups operate. The province in the past has seen Arab separatists attack oil pipelines.

Saturday's attack comes after a coordinated June 7, 2017 Islamic State group assault on parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Tehran.

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