Casualties were reported after terrorists opened fire on a military parade in Iran’s southern city of Ahvaz on Saturday.
Publish date : 9/23/2018
Publish Time : 17:38:00
Fars News agency cited Mojtaba Zonnour, member of Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, as saying 29 people were killed and 57 others injured in the terrorist attack.
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.
IRNA news agency also cited Governor of Khuzestan Province Gholamreza Shariati as saying 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".
The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) spokesman Ramezan Sharif said the attackers were affiliated to a terrorist group supported by Saudi Arabia.
"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 Mehr News agency.
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 of Saddam's war on Iran in recent years.
The Fars news agency said citizens watching the parade first thought that the shooting was inadvertent. "After several people were injured, they realized it is a terrorist attack," it said.
Sharif said people had been invited to the ceremony and the terrorists targeted both the people and the armed forces in the attack. "The attack aimed to overshadow the magnificence of the parade by the armed forces," he said.
Similar parades are held in other cities across Iran, including Tehran where President Hassan Rouhani said the US administration will suffer the same fate as Saddam.
The attack comes after a US-backed campaign to stir up unrest in Iranian cities fell flat. The effort, known as the Hot Summer Project, sought to whip up public anger over water and electricity shortages in the face of a protracted drought.