Who attacked Iran's military parade?

Iran vows 'crushing response' after gunmen kill 29 at army parade

Women and children also died in the assault, state news IRNA agency reported.

The bloodshed struck a significant blow to security in the oil producer, which has been relatively stable compared with neighbouring Arab countries that have grappled with upheaval since the 2011 uprisings across the Middle East.

Tehran has blamed the attack on "regional terror sponsors and their United States masters".

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a tweet that the attack near the Iraqi border was carried out by "terrorists recruited, trained, armed & paid by a foreign regime".

The attack in Ahvaz came as Rouhani and other dignitaries attended the main anniversary parade in Tehran.

"Oh God! Go go go!" One picked up a gun and scrambled to his feet as women and children fled for their lives.

In the aftermath, paramedics tended to the wounded as soldiers, some bloodied, helped their comrades to ambulances.

Videos on social media show soldiers in uniform and civilians dropping to the pavement and running for cover, as gunfire rings out in the background. A man screamed in grief.

Two gunmen on a motorcycle wearing khaki uniforms carried out the assault according to Iranian news agency Fars, which is close to the military.

An attack early on September 22 in Ahvaz kills at least 29 and wounds scores of people, according to Arabic language state TV al-Alam. "They are not from Daesh (Islamic State) or other groups fighting (Iran's) Islamic system ... but they are linked to America and (Israel's intelligence agency) Mossad".

Mr Khamenei did not name the "regional states" that he believed were behind the attack.

"This crime is the extension of the plots by the US allies in the region, seeking to create insecurity in Iran", Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a statement.

Iran vows 'crushing response' after gunmen kill 29 at army parade
Who attacked Iran's military parade?

However, the Iranians "will continue their path of honor and overcome all the hostilities", Khamenei added.

Mr Totsari identified one of the assailants by the initials A.M., without elaborating. Iran has been deeply involved in the fight against IS in Iraq and has aided embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad in his country's long war.

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Yahya Rahim Safavi, a senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards official, has vowed retaliation for the attack.

Zarif did not specify which regional government he held responsible for the shooting, but the Revolutionary Guards accused Shiite-dominated Iran's Sunni arch-rival Saudi Arabia of funding the attackers.

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Police said that five people were arrested at the scene of the attacks and dozens more arrests were reported in the following months - many along the borders with Iraq and Turkey. The attack is not claimed.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

"First we thought it's part of the parade, but after about 10 seconds we realised it was a terrorist attack as bodyguards [of officials] started shooting", he said. The militants have made a string of false claims in the wake of major defeats in Iraq and Syria.

The attack targeted a military parade commemorating the beginning of the Iran-Iraq war.

"Iran neither put its defensive arms aside nor lessens its defensive capabilities", Rouhani said.

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


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