At least 24 people Dead in an attack on Iran military parade in Ahvaz. At least 24 people have been killed and 53 wounded after unknown gunmen opened fire at a military parade in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz, state television reported.
Those killed in Saturday’s attack included members of the Revolutionary Guard and “women and children” who had come to watch the parade, the Iranian state-run IRNA news agency said.
Ali Hosein Hoseinzadeh, deputy governor in Khuzestan province, said that two attackers were killed and another two were arrested.
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“Several gunmen began shooting from behind the stand during the parade. There are several killed and injured,” a correspondent told state television.
The attackers shot from a park near the parade and were wearing military uniforms, reports say. Iran’s foreign minister said, “terrorists” backed by “a foreign regime” were behind the attack.
The attackers fired at civilians and attempted to attack military officials on the podium, Fars reports.
Eight members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and a journalist are among those killed, reports say.
No group has said it carried out the attack, which lasted for about 10 minutes.
However, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said: “Iran holds regional terror sponsors and their US masters accountable.”
Terrorists recruited, trained, armed & paid by a foreign regime have attacked Ahvaz. Children and journos among casualties. Iran holds regional terror sponsors and their US masters accountable for such attacks. Iran will respond swiftly and decisively in defense of Iranian lives. pic.twitter.com/WG1J1wgVD9
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) September 22, 2018