Iran criticises the Netherlands for 'sheltering terrorists' after parade attack

A general view shows an attack on a military parade in Ahvaz Iran in this

A general view shows an attack on a military parade in Ahvaz Iran in this

In the hours after a suspected terrorist attack on a military parade in the Iranian city of Ahvaz on Saturday left more than two dozen dead, countries from around the world offered their sympathies to the victims.

The men appear to be dressed in Revolutionary Guards uniforms and talk about the importance of jihad. Iranian officials say four men carried out the assault.

Journalists and onlookers turned to look toward the first shots, then the rows of marchers broke as soldiers and civilians sought cover under sustained gunfire. Women and children fled for their lives.

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash has rejected accusations by Iran that the US Gulf allies were responsible for the attack in the Islamic republic on Saturday.

Mourners carried pictures of the dead along with banners reading "we will stand to the end" and "no to terrorism".

Mourners flooded the streets of Ahvaz, the capital of oil-rich Khuzestan province, on Monday, waving Iranian flags and holding photographs of the victims aloft.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned "the Americans will regret this" ahead of his United Nations summit with US President Donald Trump in NY.

Senior commanders of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards have said the Ahvaz attack was carried out by militants trained by Gulf states and Israel, as well as supported by America.

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It is, however, highly unlikely the Guards will strike any of its foes directly and risk sparking a regional conflict.

The move comes after Abdul Khaleq Abdulla justified the attack on Twitter, arguing that it was part of a plan to fight Iran on its own territory. In a statement on Sunday, the paramilitary organization said it knows where the attack came from, and threatened the masterminds "will face a deadly and unforgettable vengeance in the near future".

State TV hours later reported that all four gunmen had been killed, with three dying during the attack and one later succumbing to his wounds at a hospital.

Kurdish rebels frequently attack military patrols on the border further north, but attacks on government targets in major cities are rare.

This image contains sensitive content which some people may find offensive or disturbing - Click to reveal Iranian boys hold images of one of the victims, 4-year-old Mohammad Taha Eghdami, during a public funeral ceremony for those killed in the attack in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz on September 24.

This year's parades had special significance as tensions with the United States have peaked since the U.S. withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal in May and began to re-impose unilateral economic sanctions on Tehran.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, asked by a Fox News interviewer if the United States played any role in the attack, said: "When you have a security incident at home, blaming others is an enormous mistake".

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