ISIS releases video purporting to show Iran military parade attackers

April FrancisSep 24, 2018

Any connection to the attack on the military parade was unclear.

Speaking before the funeral of the victims, he accused Israel and the USA of complicity in the attack on a military parade Saturday that wounded more than 60 people as well as claiming the known fatalities.

"All these little mercenary countries we see in this region are backed by America".

"Iran neither put its defensive arms aside nor lessens its defensive capabilities", Rouhani said. "Iran holds regional terror sponsors and their U.S. masters accountable for such attacks", he tweeted. Soldiers crawled about as gunfire crackled.

Ahvaz is in the center of Khuzestan province, where there have been sporadic protests by the Arab minority in predominantly Shi'ite Iran.

Arab separatists have carried out a low-level insurgency in recent years that has seen gunmen attacks on security forces and bombings.

Iran summoned diplomats from Denmark, the Netherlands and Britain to complain about them "hosting some members of the terrorist group" and "double standards in fighting terrorism", the foreign ministry said.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also appeared to blame rival Riyadh for the attack.

On Twitter, Mr Zarif warned that: "Iran will respond swiftly and decisively in defence of Iranian lives".

Speaking to a crowd in Tehran in a live televised address, Rouhani made the remarks during a military parade marking the beginning of the week commemorating the 1980-1988 Iran Iraq war. Members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards and soldiers from the country's army, as well as civilians, including children, were among the victims.

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Iranian news agency Irna reported on Saturday that Denmark, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom has been accused of providing shelter to opposition groups in the Asian country, according to Reuters.

Neither the White House nor the State Department released statements within the first few hours after the attack.

"This crime is a continuation of the plots of the regional states that are puppets of the United States, and their goal is to create insecurity in our dear country", Khamenei said in a statement published on his website.

Tensions have been on the rise since the Trump administration pulled out of the 2015 nuclear accord with Iran earlier this year and began restoring sanctions that were eased under the deal. It has been a long term narrative of the Iranian regime that the USA "created ISIS", a claim that Ayatollah Khamenei made past year.

A spokesman for the Revolutionary Guards, however, alleged that the attackers were separatists backed by Saudia Arabia, Iran's regional archrival.

Shi'ite Iran is at odds with Western-allied Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia for predominance in the Middle East.

However, Iran is rejecting calls to give up its missiles despite strong pressure from the the form of sanctions.

More than 60 people were injured in the attack.

Islamic State said via Amaq, the news outlet linked to the group, that "Islamic State fighters attacked a gathering of Iranian forces" in Ahvaz. They also initially wrongly said the attack targeted Rouhani, who was in Tehran at the time.

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