Monday, 22 October, 2018

8 soldiers killed, 20 people wounded as gunmen attack Iranian military parade

Casualties feared as militants attack Iran army parade Unknown gunmen 'kill, injure several' in attack on Iranian army parade
Deanna Wagner | 22 September, 2018, 11:57

A number of armed assailants have opened fire at a military parade now underway in Ahvaz, southwest of Iran, Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) reported.

The official IRNA news agency said a woman and a child were among the wounded. The agency did not elaborate.

State television immediately described the assailants as "takfiri gunmen", a term previously used to describe the Islamic State group.

The attack was carried out by two gunmen on a motorcycle, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.

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.

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"Several gunmen began shooting from behind the stand during the parade". There has been no claim of responsibility for the attack in the city of Ahvaz.

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

Iranian state television quoted a spokesman for Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps as saying that the attackers were affiliated with an Arab separatist group in the region.

Khomeini led the 1979 Islamic Revolution that toppled the Western-backed shah to become Iran's first supreme leader until his death in 1989. However, Iran faced a bloody assault previous year from the Islamic State group and Arab separatists in the region have attacked oil pipelines there in the past. The province has a large ethnic Arab community, many of them Sunni, the Muslim denomination to which IS adheres and which is a minority in Shiite Iran.