Iranian Revolutionary Guards killed in attack by unknown gunmen on army parade

At least 24 Iranian Revolutionary Guards were killed and 60 people injured after unknown gunmen opened fire during a military parade in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahwaz on Saturday, state television reported.

“Shooting began by several gunmen from behind the stand during the parade. There are several killed and injured,” a correspondent told state television, which later reported the precise death toll.

The report Saturday described the assailants as “Takifiri gunmen,” a term previously used to describe ISIS.

State television showed images of the immediate aftermath. In it, paramedics could be seen helping someone in military fatigues laying on the ground. Other armed security personnel shouted at each other in front of what appeared to be a viewing stand for the parade.

The semi-official ISNA news agency published photographs of the attack’s aftermath, with bloodied troops in dress uniforms helping each other walk away. The attack struck on Ahwaz’s Quds, or Jerusalem, Boulevard.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Ahwaz is the capital of Iran’s oil-rich Khuzestan province. The province in the past has seen Arab separatists attack oil pipelines.

Source: Al Arabia


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