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At least 29 people, including children, shot dead at military parade in Iran

Iran has said there will be a “crushing response”.

Wounded military personnel in an ambulance after today's shooting.
Wounded military personnel in an ambulance after today's shooting.
Image: Alireza Mohammadi/AP/Press Association Images

Updated Sep 22nd 2018, 6:29 PM

IRAN’S PRESIDENT HASSAN Rouhani has vowed a “crushing response” after gunmen shot dead at least 29 people including women and children in an attack on an Iranian military parade today.

More than 50 people are injured, some critically. 

The so-called Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the deadly shooting at a military parade in southwestern Iran, its propaganda agency Amaq said.

Citing a security source, Amaq said: “Islamic State fighters attacked a gathering of Iranian forces in the city of Ahvaz in southern Iran”.

The statement was posted on Amaq accounts on messaging application Telegram.

At least 29 people were killed in the attack, including children and troops, Iran’s state media reported.

Three of the attackers died at the scene while a fourth was arrested and later succumbed to his wounds, armed forces spokesman Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi said.

‘US masters’

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said earlier he held a US ally in the region responsible.

“Terrorists recruited, trained, armed & paid by a foreign regime have attacked Ahvaz,” Zarif said in a tweet, adding:

Iran holds regional terror sponsors and their US masters accountable for such attacks.

Ahvaz lies in Khuzestan, a province bordering Iraq that has a large ethnic Arab community and has seen separatist violence in the past, which Iran has blamed on its regional rivals.

© AFP 2018 

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