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ISIS falsely claims responsibility for Ahwaz attack, Iranian opposition says

ISIS falsely claims responsibility for Ahwaz attack, Iranian opposition says ISIS falsely claims responsibility for Ahwaz attack, Iranian opposition says
Steven Clarke | 23 September, 2018, 06:36

The Dutch and Danish ambassadors and the British charge d´affaires were "informed of Iran´s strong protests over their respective countries´ hosting of some members of the terrorist group" which carried out the attack, official news agency IRNA said.

Women and children scattered along with once-marching Revolutionary Guard soldiers as heavy gunfire rang out at the parade in Ahvaz, the chaos captured live on state television. The attacks, targeting members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards, are claimed by Jundallah.

A video on state television's website showed confused soldiers.

Tensions between mainly Shi'ite Iran and mostly Sunni Saudi Arabia have surged in recent years, with the two countries supporting opposite sides in wars in Syria and Yemen and rival political parties in Iraq and Lebanon.

The separatist group Patriotic Arab Democratic Movement in Ahwaz claimed responsibility for the attack, according to IRNA.

Initially, authorities described the assailants as "takfiri gunmen", a term previously used to describe the Islamic State group.

Brigadier-General Abolfazl Shekarchi, an Iranian military spokesman, told Fars news agency four armed men carried out the attack. Al-Tostari said the attack undermined the Iranian government "on the day it wants to give a message to the world that it is powerful and in control". Two of them were killed and two others were detained.

The region's Arab separatists, once only known for nighttime attacks on unguarded oil pipelines, claimed responsibility for the brazen assault.

Saturday's attack came a day before President Hassan Rouhani heads to NY to address the U.N. General Assembly next week.

ISIS falsely claims responsibility for Ahwaz attack, Iranian opposition says

The attack in the southwestern city of Ahvaz came as the country marked the anniversary of the start of its 1980-1988 war with Saddam Hussein's Iraq and prompted President Hassan Rouhani to warn of a "crushing response". In July, Iran executed eight people convicted in the attack. Iran has been deeply involved in the fight against Isis in Iraq and has aided embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad in his country's long war.

The terror outfit, which is backed by Saudi Arabia, has a record of carrying out sabotage acts in Iran's Khuzestan province, which encompasses Ahvaz and some other Arab-dominated towns.

Emphasizing that a number of soldiers, as well as event organizers, were also shot during the parade, he said the most victims and those badly injured are ordinary people who were watching the event, noting that "we can not accurately declare the death toll at the present time".

Iran has ballistic missiles with a range of up to 3,500 kilometres (2,200 miles), enough to reach both Israel and United States bases in the Middle East. Rouhani said the USA withdraw from the nuclear deal was an attempt to get Iran to give up its military arsenal.

"Rather it will increase its defense power day by day".

Meanwhile, gunmen and suicide bombers also struck outside Khomeini's mausoleum on Tehran's southern outskirts.

Last year, Islamic State militants staged an attack in Tehran that killed 18 people.

According to a DFA statement, the Philippine Embassy in Tehran had started gathering more information on the attack, which that took place in the southern city of Ahvaz, 820 kilometers southwest of Tehran near the border with Iraq.

"The United States stands with the Iranian people and encourages the regime in Tehran to focus on keeping them safe at home", said National Security Council spokesman Garrett Marquis.

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