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Iran vows crushing response after gunmen kill 29 at army parade

IRAN - 23 September 2018: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani vowed a crushing response after assailants sprayed a crowd with gunfire, shooting dead at least 29 people including women and children Saturday at a military parade near the Iraqi border.

The Islamic State (IS) jihadist group claimed responsibility for the rare assault in the southwestern city of Ahvaz, while Iranian officials accused a foreign regime backed by the United States of being behind it.

Behrad Ghasemi, a local journalist who witnessed the attack, said shots rang out for 10 to 15 minutes and that at least one of the assailants, armed with a Kalashnikov assault rifle, wore the uniform of Iran s Revolutionary Guards force.

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 told AFP.

Everything went haywire and soldiers started running, Ghasemi said.

I saw a four-year old child get shot, and also a lady. The terrorists had no particular target and didn t really seem to care as they shot anyone they could with rapid gunfire.

After addressing a similar military parade in Tehran to commemorate the start of the 1980-1988 war with Iraq, Rouhani warned that the response of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the smallest threat will be crushing .

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the attack was carried out by terrorists recruited, trained, armed and paid by a foreign regime .

Iran holds regional terror sponsors and their US masters accountable for such attacks, he wrote on his Twitter account.

Ahvaz lies in Khuzestan, a province bordering Iraq that has a large ethnic Arab community and has seen separatist violence in the past that Iran has blamed on its regional rivals.

- Women and children -

IS jihadists said via their propaganda mouthpiece Amaq that Islamic State fighters attacked a gath

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