Casualties feared as militants attack Iran army parade

Casualties feared as militants attack Iran army parade

Casualties feared as militants attack Iran army parade

A number of armed assailants have opened fire at a military parade now underway in Ahvaz, southwest of Iran, Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) reported.

Fars news agency said the attack started at 09:00 local time (06:30 BST) and appeared to involve at least two gunmen.

The report Saturday described the assailants as "Takifiri gunmen", a term previously used to describe ISIS. "There are several killed and injured", a correspondent told state television, which later reported that 20 people were wounded.

Iran is marking the anniversary of the beginning of the 1980-88 war with Iraq with several parades across the nation.

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Bloodied troops could be seen in combat fatigues, helping each other walk away in images from Iranian news service ISNA.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

State media say Islamist militants are thought to be behind the attack. Khomeini led the 1979 Islamic Revolution that toppled the Western-backed shah to become Iran's first supreme leader until his death in 1989. The province in the past has seen Arab separatists attack oil pipelines.

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