Unknown gunmen 'kill, injure several' in attack on Iranian army parade

Unknown gunmen 'kill, injure several' in attack on Iranian army parade

The agency did not elaborate.

State television said the assault, which also wounded 20 people, targeted a stand where Iranian officials were gathered to watch an annual event marking the start of the country's 1980-88 war with Iraq.

A report on Saturday described the assailants as "Takifiri gunmen", a term used previously to describe the Islamic State group.

The semi-official Fars news agency, which is close to the Revolutionary Guard, said two gunmen on a motorcycle wearing khaki uniforms carried out the attack.

More news: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah 'fine' despite lack of goals - Jurgen Klopp
More news: Unending disaster: Florence floods prompt new evacuations
More news: Trump demands OPEC lower oil prices: 'We will remember'

"The terrorists disguised as Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and Basiji (volunteer) forces opened fire to the authority and people from behind the stand during the parade", Governor of Khuzestan Gholam-Reza Shariati said, according to the state news agency IRNA.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

State television showed images of the immediate aftermath. That attack had at that point been the only one by the Sunni extremists inside of Shiite Iran, which has been deeply involved in the wars in Iraq and Syria where the militants once held vast territory. However, Iran faced a bloody assault previous year from the Islamic State group and Arab separatists in the region have attacked oil pipelines there in the past.

In 2015, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch both protested an Iranian crackdown against Ahvazi Arabs, as the regime undertook a large-scale campaign of arbitrary arrests in Khuzestan Province, where Ahvazis live and where most of Iran's oil and gas reserves are located.

Related Articles

  • Jose Mourinho: 'Nuno Espirito Santo deserves his chance in Premier League'

    Jose Mourinho: 'Nuno Espirito Santo deserves his chance in Premier League'

    Manchester United lost successive Premier League games following defeats by Brighton and Hove Albion and Tottenham Hotspur. But Jimenez says Wolves will travel there with the full belief that they can earn all three points.
    Three more areas in Knox County test positive for West Nile virus

    Three more areas in Knox County test positive for West Nile virus

    State health officials on Tuesday confirmed the 13th case of West Nile virus in MA and the sixth case in Suffolk County this year. The state guidelines also include wearing long sleeves and trousers at dusk and making sure screen windows and doors are closed.
    Malaysia charges former PM Najib with abuse of power, money laundering

    Malaysia charges former PM Najib with abuse of power, money laundering

    Another follow-up to this case reveals that Najib has been granted a bail after claiming trial to the new charges against him. Najib said the facts would show he "returned a large sum of money" right after he lost the national election this past spring.
  • Spock's Home Planet Vulcan Found Orbiting 40 Eridani A

    Spock's Home Planet Vulcan Found Orbiting 40 Eridani A

    Vulcan - Spock's home planet, first assistant commander of the starship enterprise, the place where the action of the series. The Dharma Planet Survey is a project that aims to find and characterize exoplanets in nearby sun-like stars.
    Britain’s May Says Brexit Negotiations Have Reached ‘an Impasse’

    Britain’s May Says Brexit Negotiations Have Reached ‘an Impasse’

    Failing to do so could disrupt the lives of people and business on both sides, and undermine Northern Ireland's hard-won peace. EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said the two sides were "moving closer" but were like "hedgehogs who love each other".
    Meyer moves to repair scandal damage

    Meyer moves to repair scandal damage

    In addition to being unable to coach his team on game day for the first three weeks of the season, Urban Meyer had his pay docked. Meyer said it "breaks my heart" to hear that Courtney Smith would believe that he would choose to help and enable an abuser.
  • Town in Greece is draped in thousands of spider webs

    They are not a threat because they are not poisonous and are, in fact, helpful for local communities because they eat mosquitos. Chatzaki told CNN the webs often turn into sheet-like covers that are home to thousands of spiders living underneath.
    Ivanka Trump Advised Her Father to ‘Cut Bait’ and Drop Brett Kavanaugh

    Ivanka Trump Advised Her Father to ‘Cut Bait’ and Drop Brett Kavanaugh

    Committee Republicans have planned for only Kavanaugh and Ford to testify, but Democrats want other witnesses, too. Senate Republicans agreed nearly immediately after Ford's name became public that her story should be heard.
    Google brings Emergency Location Service to Android users across the US

    Google brings Emergency Location Service to Android users across the US

    ELS uses GPS, Wi-Fi, cell networks and sensors to give call centers a faster, more accurate idea of where a 911 caller is located. The Mountain View search giant reports that its data decreases the average uncertainty radius from 522 feet to 121 feet.
  • Asia Cup 2018: High-flying Nawaz keeps Pakistan on top

    Asia Cup 2018: High-flying Nawaz keeps Pakistan on top

    After winning their first Group clash against Hong Kong by eight wickets, Pakistan were thrashed by India by 8 wickets on Tuesday. Mohammad Shahzad was dropped twice off debutant Shaheen Afridi and eventually lost his wicket to Mohammad Nawaz.
    Trade should be propeller of peace: Jack Ma

    Trade should be propeller of peace: Jack Ma

    This follows the company acquiring Chinese microchip manufacturer Hangzhou C-SKY Microsystems earlier this year to boost its cloud-based IoT business.

    Giant spiders' web covers Greek beach

    These spiders are not risky for humans and will not cause any damage to the area's flora. They thrive in hot, humid temperatures and continue to reproduce during that time.