DUBAI — As much as 9 army males had been killed when unknown militants opened hearth throughout a army parade in southwestern Iran on Saturday, the semi-official ISNA information company quoted an official as saying.
State tv stated the assault, which additionally wounded 20 individuals, focused a stand the place Iranian officers had been gathered to observe an annual occasion marking the beginning of the nation’s 1980-88 conflict with Iraq.
4 militants carried out the assault and two of them had been killed, based on ISNA. There was no declare of accountability for the assault within the metropolis of Ahvaz.
Iran was holding related parades in a number of cities together with the capital Tehran and the port of Bandar Abbas on the Gulf.
“Capturing started by a number of gunmen from behind the stand throughout the parade. There are a number of killed and injured,” a correspondent informed state tv.
The semi-official information company Mehr stated additional taking pictures broke out as a few of the attackers who managed to flee had been being chased.
State tv blamed “takfiri parts”, a reference to Sunni Muslim militants, for the assault. Ahvaz is within the centre of Khuzestan province, the place there have been sporadic protests by the Arab minority in primarily Shi’ite Iran.
ISNA stated an unnamed spokesman for the elite Revolutionary Guards safety power blamed Arab nationalists backed by Saudi Arabia for the assault.
Tensions between conventional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia have surged in recent times, with the 2 nations supporting reverse sides in wars in Syria and Yemen and rival political events in Iraq and Lebanon.
Assaults on the army are uncommon in Iran.
Final yr, within the first lethal assault claimed by Islamic State in Tehran, 18 individuals had been killed on the parliament and mausoleum of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder and first chief of the Islamic Republic.
(Reporting by Dubai newsroom, writing by Michael Georgy, enhancing by Mark Heinrich)