Several dead, dozens wounded after unknown gunmen attack military parade in Iran

Revolutionary Guard members carry a wounded colleague after a shooting during their parade marking the 38th anniversary

Revolutionary Guard members carry a wounded colleague after a shooting during their parade marking the 38th anniversary

The militant Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for the rare assault. Women and children scattered along with once-marching Revolutionary Guard soldiers as heavy gunfire rang out, the chaos captured live on state television.

Iran is at odds with Western-allied Saudi Arabia for predominance in the Middle East.

Three attackers were killed at the scene, he said, and the fourth died later of his injuries, he told state television.

The attack also seems to have united foreign-based Iranian opposition groups mainly the advocates of secular democracy such as Prince Reza Pahlavi, the newly founded Revival network and the Constitutionalists to speak in one voice with the Islamic regime in condemning the attack, regardless of their difference with the regime in other areas.

The official state news agency IRNA said 53 people had also been wounded and that many were in a critical condition.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei described the attack as exposing "the atrocity and viciousness of the enemies of the Iranian nation".

Meanwhile, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said those who have provided "propaganda and intelligence support" for the terrorists are accountable for the attack. The channel cited the ambassador's charges on its Twitter page, but said they interviewed the spokesman only after Iranian media first linked the attack to the group. The semi-official Fars news agency, which is close to the Guard, said two gunmen on a motorcycle wearing khaki uniforms carried out the attack.

Pakistan on Saturday condemned deadly terrorist attack on an annual military parade in southwest Iran that killed at least eight Revolutionary Guards.

Iran considers Israel an illegitimate occupier of Muslim land - and has accused it of attempting to undermine the government.

Earlier reports described the attackers as "Takfiri gunmen", a term used in the past to describe the extremist Islamic State group. State media in Saudi Arabia did not immediately acknowledge the attack.

There has been a blizzard of furious statements from top Iranian officials blaming the United States and Gulf kingdoms for the bloodshed and threatening a tough response.

A Revolutionary Guard member carries a wounded boy after the attack by unknown militants
BEHRAD GHASEMIL ISNA AP A Revolutionary Guard member carries a wounded boy after the attack by unknown militants

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the attack near the Iraqi border was carried out by "terrorists recruited, trained, armed & paid by a foreign regime".

Iran has ballistic missiles with a range of up to 3,500 kilometres (2,200 miles), enough to reach both Israel and USA bases in the Middle East.

In June past year, suicide bombers attacked parliament and the mausoleum of the Islamic Republic's founder Ayatollah Khomeini, killing 18 people.

"It is absolutely clear for us who did that, what group they are and with whom they are affiliated", Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned before leaving for NY for the United Nations General Assembly.

Speaking before leaving Tehran to attend the annual UN General Assembly in New York, Rouhani accused US -backed Gulf Arab states of providing financial and military support for anti-government ethnic Arab groups in Iran.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) have been the sword and shield of Shi'ite clerical rule since Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Tehran regularly accuses Saudi Arabia and the U.S. of supporting anti-Iranian "terrorists".

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the shooting rampage dubbed a "terrorist" attack by the authorities.

Saturday's attack comes after a co-ordinated June 7, 2017 Islamic State group assault on parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Tehran.

The attack on the military parade is likely to give security hardliners like the Guards more political ammunition because they did not endorse the pragmatist Rouhani's pursuit of the nuclear deal with the West, analysts say.

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