Published: Sat, September 22, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Casualties feared as militants attack Iran army parade

Casualties feared as militants attack Iran army parade

IRNA reported those wounded in the attack included a woman and a child.

Ahvaz is the capital of Iran's oil-rich Khuzestan Province.

State television showed images of the immediate aftermath of the attack in Ahvaz. In it, paramedics could be seen helping someone in military fatigues laying on the ground.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack in the city of Ahvaz.

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

The Fars news agency said citizens watching the parade first thought that the shooting was inadvertent, however, after a while they realized that it is a terrorist attack.

Photographers and participants looked around looking around in surprise after a burst of gunfire, and then crowds fleeing in panic and a second round erupted moments later, according to footage published by the same news agency.

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Zarif on Twitter warned that "Iran will respond swiftly and decisively in defence of Iranian lives" after the attack in Ahvaz.

Hosseinzadeh also said in the clash, the security forces managed to kill two terrorists and arrest the two remaining militants.

The Revolutionary Guards are the most powerful and heavily armed military force in the Islamic Republic and also have a vast stake worth billions of dollars in the economy.

IRGC spokesman told ISNA correspondent that the armed assailants who opened fire at people and armed forces personnel present at the parade were affiliated with the "Al-Ahwaz" separatist group. However, those groups in the past previously have only attacked unguarded oil pipelines at night.

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.

The parade was marking the start of the Iran-Iraq War, which lasted between 1980 and 1988.

The assault shocked Tehran, which largely has avoided militant attacks in the decades after the tumult surrounding the Islamic Revolution.

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