Gunmen kill 12 Revolutionary Guards in attack on Iran military parade: ISNA

Frederick Owens
September 22, 2018

Gunmen have attacked a military parade in the south-west Iranian city of Ahvaz, killing at least eight members of the Revolutionary Guard and wounding 20 people, state media said.

A number of armed assailants have opened fire at a military parade now underway in Ahvaz, southwest of Iran, Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) reported.

It has been reported that two of the assailents have been killed and two others arrested, Mehr reported.

The semi-official Fars news agency said two gunmen opened fire on the large crowd of spectators and then attempted to attack the viewing stand for official dignitaries before being shot and wounded by security forces.

The spokesman accused Saudi Arabia, Iran's regional rival, ofsupporting the group.

A video on state television's website showed confused soldiers at the scene of the attack.

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Iran's Tasnim news agency, citing a local official, reported that at least 10 people had been killed, including a journalist.

A state TV report said the assailants were "Takifiri gunmen", a term sometimes used to describe Islamic State. However, Arab separatist groups in the region have launched attacks on oil pipelines there in the past.

The Revolutionary Guards are the most powerful and heavily armed military force in the Islamic Republic and also have a vast stake worth billions of dollars in the economy.

Bloodied troops could be seen in combat fatigues, helping each other walk away in images from Iranian news service ISNA.

Saturday's attack comes after a coordinated Islamic State assault on parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Teheran in June past year.

State television aired footage of the aftermath of the assault on Ahvaz's Quds, or Jerusalem, Boulevard, which like many other places around the country saw an annual parade marking the start of Iran's long 1980s war with Iraq. The assault shocked Tehran, which has seen few militant attacks in the decades after the tumult surrounding the Islamic Revolution.

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