Terrorist attack on military parade in Ahvaz, several casualties reported

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Tehran (ISNA) – Several people were killed and injured in a terrorist attack on a military parade in Iran’s southern city of Ahvaz on Saturday.

4 gunmen who are connected to the al-Ahvaziya group began shooting on people from behind the stand at parade in Ahvaz.

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) spokesman Ramezan Sharif said, “The attack by some elements of al-Ahvaziya group which is fed by Saudi Arabia, aimed to overshadow the magnificence of the parade by the Iranian armed forces”.

“People had also been invited to the ceremony and the terrorists targeted both the people and the armed forces in the deadly attack,” he added.

According to the deputy of governor of Khuzestan Province, Ali Hossein Hosseinzadeh, 25 people were killed and more than 60 others injured in the terrorist attack.Two terrorists were reportedly killed by the security forces, while two others are arrested.

The spokesman of Iranian Armed Forces, Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi had announced befor that three terrorists were killed by the security forces while one other is arrested.

According to the latest report by Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi, three of the terrorists were killed on the spot and a fourth one who was injured died in hospital.

But the cultural deputy of General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran said about the conflicting news over the number of casualties, “The total number of casualties is less than 10 people which includes both the people and the armed forces”.

The dean of Ahvaz Jondishapour University of Medical Sciences, Iraj Nazari has also announced that more than 60 people were injured in the terrorist attack.

The shooting lasted a few minutes and it came from a park near the parade. Attackers were wearing military uniforms.

Iran is holding a number of parades in cities including the capital Tehran and the port of Bandar Abbas on the Persian Gulf to mark the start of the country's 1980-88 war with Iraq.

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