At least 25 martyred in terrorist attack on military parade in Iran's Ahvaz
Foreign-backed terrorists on Saturday morning attacked a military ceremony in Iran’s southwestern city of Ahvaz, the provincial capital city of Khuzestan.
According to reports, the death toll from a terrorist attack on a military parade in Ahvaz has risen to 25, local officials say.
Deputy Governor of Khuzestan Province Ali Hossein Hosseinzadeh also said 60 people had been injured in the Saturday 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'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 said.
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, three of whom were killed and the other one injured died later in the hospital.
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.
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.