Anti-government group claims deadly attack on military parade in Iran

Iranian Students' News Agency ISNA a Revolutionary Guard member carries a wounded boy after a shooting during a military parade marking the 38th anniversary of Iraq's 1980 invasion of Iran in the southwestern cit

Iranian Students' News Agency ISNA a Revolutionary Guard member carries a wounded boy after a shooting during a military parade marking the 38th anniversary of Iraq's 1980 invasion of Iran in the southwestern cit

At least eight members of Iran's elite military have been killed with 20 people wounded in a gun attack during a parade in the southwestern city of Ahvaz, local media have said.

Nearly half of the victims were members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp, state news agencies reported, making it one of the worst attacks ever on the elite force.

IRNA reported that civilians, including women and children, who were watching the parade in the southwestern city Ahvaz, are among the dead and injured.

Gunmen disguised as soldiers in military uniforms, began shooting from behind the stands during the parade, according to the state-run news agency.

The so-called Islamic State and the separatist Arab-Sunni group Al-Ahvazieh have both claimed responsibility for the attack.

A video distributed to Iranian media showed soldiers at the parade, an annual event marking the start of the country's 1980-88 war with Iraq, crawling on the ground as gunfire blazed in their direction.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani vowed earlier Saturday to boost his country's ballistic missile capabilities despite Western concerns that were cited by his United States counterpart Donald Trump in May when he abandoned a landmark nuclear deal with Tehran.

Ahvaz is the capital of the Khuzestan province, which borders Iraq and is home to a large Sunni population and some of the country's largest oil fields.

Iranian analysts said the attack may benefit the Guards.

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Bahram Qasemi called on Denmark and the Netherlands to extradite the "perpetrators and their accomplices" to stand trial, IRNA reported. The separatists accuse Iran's Persian-dominated government of discriminating against its ethnic Arab minority, though an Ahvazi Arab, Gen. Ali Shamkhani, serves as the secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council.

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Kurdish rebels frequently attack military patrols on the border further north, but attacks on government targets in major cities are rare. The assault shocked Tehran, which largely has avoided militant attacks in the decades after the tumult surrounding the Islamic Revolution.

Iranian security forces shot and killed three of the terrorists and arrested a fourth, according to the news agencies.

"On behalf of #PADMAZ organization we reject all accusations and we insist that PADMAZ organization is a civil political movement and has nothing to do with what happen today in #IranMilitaryParade attack", the group said on unconfirmed Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Rouhani leaves Sunday for NY to attend next week's United Nations General Assembly along with Trump, but Iran has repeatedly ruled out any meeting.

However, Arab separatist groups in the region have launched attacks on oil pipelines there in the past and Iran. To bolster his claim, he gave details about one of the attackers that the AP could not immediately verify.

The government of Syria also expressed its "full sympathy and solidarity" with Iran, while Turkey slammed a "heinous terrorist attack".

Iranian First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri released a similar statement to Irans's ISNA news service, "condemn [ing] the practice of tyrannical regimes that are mercenaries to advance the goals of the United States and Zionism". Rouhani said the US withdraw from the nuclear deal was an attempt to get Iran to give up its military arsenal.

Rouhani engineered Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers that ushered in a cautious detente with Washington before tensions flared anew with President Donald Trump's decision in May to pull out of the accord and reimpose sanctions on Tehran.

"These terrorists. were trained and organised by two".

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