Gunmen disguised open fire at Iranian military parade

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a deadly shooting at a military parade in southwestern Iran on Saturday, its propaganda agency Amaq said.

At least eight Iranian revolutionary guards were killed after unknown gunmen opened fire during a military parade in Ahwaz city on Saturday, worldwide media reported.

Iran's state TV has reported that a 4-year-old boy who was wounded during Saturday's terror attack on a military parade in the city of Ahvaz has died at a hospital.

Yaghub Hur Totsari, a spokesman for one of the two groups that identify themselves as the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz, said the Ahwaz National Resistance, an umbrella organization of all armed movements, was behind the attack but did not specify which group.

Pakistan has strongly denounced the attack on Iranian military parade in which gunmen opened fire killing at least twenty-four people and around sixty others were injured.

According to media reports, the Al-Ahvaziya terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif immediately blamed the attack on regional countries and their "US masters", further raising regional tensions as Teheran's nuclear deal with world powers is in jeopardy after President Donald Trump withdrew America from the accord.

Women and children who had come to watch the parade were also caught up in the attack.

"Iran will neither abandon its defensive weapons nor will reduce its defence capabilities", Rouhani said.

State television blamed "takfiri elements", a reference to Sunni Muslim militants, for the attack.

The commanders could present a show of strength by launching missiles at groups operating in Iraq or Syria that may be linked to the militants who carried out the attack.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani claims an unnamed USA -allied country supports the group that attacked a military parade on Saturday.

"This event once again reminds us about the necessity of an uncompromising battle against terrorism in all of its manifestations".

In its annual Country Reports on Terrorism released on September 19, the State Department claimed that Iran remains the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism and is responsible for intensifying multiple conflicts and undermining U.S. interests in Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Bahrain, Afghanistan, and Lebanon. The Guards are entrenched in those countries to defend Iranian interests.

In January 2017, residents in Ahvaz cities joined others in over 80 Iranian cities protesting lack of services, poor economic situation and mismanagement.

Iran was quick to blame Israel and the USA for the attack, dismissing Islamic State's (IS) claim that they were behind it.


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