Several killed as gunmen attack military parade in Iran

Iranian security forces take security measures after an armed attack targeting a military march in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahwaz

Iranian security forces take security measures after an armed attack targeting a military march in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahwaz

Gunmen attacked a military parade in the southwest Iranian city of Ahvaz on Saturday, killing and wounding several people, state TV reported.

The official IRNA news agency said a woman and a child were among the wounded.

The report Saturday described the assailants as "Takifiri gunmen", a term previously used to describe ISIS.

Iran's state-run IRNA news agency says 20 people have been wounded in an attack on military parade in Ahvaz.

In footage shown on Iranian television, paramedics could be seen helping a person in military uniform lying on the ground at Ahvaz's Quds, or Jerusalem, Boulevard.

Khuzestan was a major battleground of the 1980s war with Saddam's Iraq and the attack on the anniversary parade in Ahvaz had significant symbolic value.

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

State television said the attack targeted a stand where officials were gathered to watch the annual event, marking the start of the country's 1980-88 war with Iraq.

People run away from the street after an armed attack targeting a military march in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahwaz
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Later on Saturday, IS claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the group's Amaq news agency.

"Iran will respond swiftly and decisively in defence of Iranian lives", Zarif wrote on Twitter.

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

The semi-official Tasnim news agency says at least 11 members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard have died in the attack, with officials saying the number is expected to rise.

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

Police said that five people were arrested at the scene of the attacks and dozens more arrests were reported in the following months - many along the borders with Iraq and Turkey. In that assault, suicide bombers stormed the parliament and mausoleum of Islamic Republic founder Ayatollah Khomeini.

Guard spokesman Gen. Ramazan Sharif told ISNA that an Arab separatist group carried out the attack, without elaborating.

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