Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Several killed as gunmen attack military parade in Iran

11 troops killed in Iran parade attack Iran : At Least 12 Martyred, 30 Wounded in Terrorist Attack (VIDEO)
Melinda Barton | 22 September, 2018, 13:12

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

A state TV report said the assailants were "Takifiri gunmen", a term sometimes used to describe Islamic State.

An unnamed spokesman for the Revolutionary Guards blamed Arab nationalists, who he said were backed by Saudi Arabia, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported.

State television blamed "takfiri elements", a reference to Islamist militants, for the attack in Ahvaz, the centre of Khuzestan province, which has been the site of sporadic protests by Iran's Arab minority.

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.

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.

Iranian state television said the assault, which killed 24 and wounded more than 60 people, targeted a stand where officials were gathered to watch an annual event marking the start of the Islamic Republic's 1980-88 war with Iraq. The minister claimed that the terrorists were sponsored and trained by "a foreign regime".

Ahvaz is the capital of Khuzestan province, an oil-rich region where Arab separatists have been known to attack oil pipelines in the past.

Among those involved are members of the Revolutionary Guard, a paramilitary force answerable only to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Four militants carried out the attack and two of them were killed, according to ISNA.

At least 18 people were killed and more than 50 wounded in the 2017 attack that saw gunmen carrying Kalashnikov assault rifles and explosives storm the parliament complex where a legislative session had been in progress, starting an hours-long siege.