Iran conducted a military parade in the southwestern city of Ahvaz on 22nd of September when it was attacked by terrorists from long distance and killed 24 people and injured 53 others. The military parade was a part of the celebration that marks the 30th anniversary of the end of the eight-year war with Iraq that started in September 1980 ended in August 1988. The military parade was happening in a province that borders Iraq having a largely ethnic Arab community. This province was also a major battleground during the war , a war that consumed more than half a million soldiers.
That side of the border crossing was temporarily closing the Al-Sheeb and Al-Shalamcha border between two countries after the Saturday 22nd September’s military parade attack.
Those killed were military personnel, a journalist and several civilians. “Terrorists began shooting from a long distance while inside the park, at the armed forces as well as civilians watching the parade,” Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarch, a spokesman for the Iranian armed forces told MEHR.
News agencies reported that clashes with security forces led to one arrest and gunning down three other attackers.
According to IRNA Governor of Khuzestan Gholam-Reza Shariati “The terrorists disguised as Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and Basiji forces opened fire to the authority and people from behind the stand during the parade,” . Patriotic Arab Democratic Movement in Ahwaz claimed responsibility for this attack a group believed to be supported by ” foreign antagonists”. Islamic Revolution Guards Corps spokes person said “The individuals who fired at the people and the armed forces during the parade are connected to the Al-Ahvaziya group which is fed by Saudi Arabia,”. Saudi Arabia hasn’t respond to these accusations.
“Terrorists recruited, trained, armed & paid by a foreign regime have attacked Ahvaz,” Javad Zarif, Iranian Foreign Minister said in a tweet, adding: “Iran holds regional terror sponsors and their US masters accountable for such attacks.”
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani spoke on the ocassion of the military parades and said “Iran will neither abandon its defensive weapons nor will reduce its defense capabilities,” Rouhani said. “Rather it will increase its defense power day by day. The fact that they are angry at our missiles shows that these are the most influential weapons Iran has.”
“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,” Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said.
He believes that U.S. allies in the region including Israel and several other Gulf states may be involved in staging this attack