Gunmen opened fire from behind the stands @ an Army Parade in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz on Saturday.
The event was attended by members of the local elite, including the Ahvaz governor as well as high-ranking clerics and MPs. Shooting broke out several minutes into the event, which featured troops from the Iranian Army’s 92nd armored division.
Journalists and children are among those shot in an assault that has reportedly left over 25 people dead and more than 60 injured.
The assailants were apparently wearing military uniforms, and the assault lasted for about 10 minutes. It is said that all four attackers were neutralized.
The US-Saudi backed terrorists disguised as Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and Basiji [paramilitary] forces opened fire from behind the stand during the parade.
The carnage has been claimed by the ‘Patriotic Arab Democratic Movement in Ahwaz’ 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,”
Iranian military doubled down on the accusations against its regional allies, saying that the terrorists were in fact trained by two “Gulf countries” and had ties to the USA and Israeli spy agency Mossad.
Neither Washington nor Tel Aviv or Riyadh have commented on the claims. The attack comes as the nation commemorates the end of the eight-year Iran-Iraq War that ended in 1988.
The anniversary was marked by a grand military event in Tehran, where mobile missile launchers, heavy armor, and troops paraded through the main street of the capital.
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei linked the Ahvaz attack to the US allies in the region. He ordered the security forces to swiftly track down the “criminals” responsible for the act and bring them to justice.
The Iranian diplomatic attacher has asked the Dutch, Danish and British ambassadors to answer questions into providing explanations about how it was possible for their embassies to have supported the terrorists with vacancies.
RT.com / ABC Flash Point Persian Gulf News 2018.