from Press TV
Ten people were killed and at least 20 people others injured
in a terrorist attack on a military parade in Iran’s southern city of
Ahvaz on Saturday, a provincial governor said.
Gunmen opened fire on people from behind a viewing stand at Qods
Boulevard of Ahvaz during the morning parade held to mark the former
Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's invasion of Iran in the 1980s.
"Individuals disguised in the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps and
Basij uniforms fired at officials and people from behind the stand,
leaving a number of innocent people including women and children
martyred or injured," Governor of Khuzestan Province Gholamreza Shariati
"So far, the martyrdom of 10 people has been verified in this
subversive and blind attack," Deputy Governor of Khuzestan Province Ali
Hossein Hosseinzadeh told the official IRNA news agency.
"More than 20 people were injured in the incident, and it is possible
that the number of the martyrs will rise due to the severity of
injuries," he added.
The attackers began firing at spectators from a park as the parade
got underway, trying to force their way into the stand but were
confronted by security forces.
"Despite the intensity of the attack on the stand of the officials,
none of them was hurt thanks to the rapid reaction of the security
forces, Shariati said.
The terrorist team behind the attack was dismantled, he said, adding
the situation is now under the control of security forces and police and
calm has returned to the region.
"According to preliminary reports, four attackers were involved, two
of whom were killed and two arrested, one of them injured," Shariati
The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) spokesman Ramezan Sharif
said the attackers were affiliated to a terrorist group supported by
"The individuals who fired at the people and the armed forces during
the parade are connected to the al-Ahvaziya group which is fed by Saudi
Arabia," he said.
Sharif said the shooting is not unprecedented and the group which is
also supported by the UK has attacked convoys of those visiting
the former frontlines in Saddam's war on Iran in recent years...
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