Several casualties in terror attack on military parade in Ahvaz

Militants attack Iran army parade killing civilians state media

Gunmen have attacked a military parade in the south-west Iranian city of Ahvaz, killing at least eight members of the Revolutionary Guard and wounding 20 people, state media said.

"Several gunmen began shooting from behind the stand during the parade".

This is a developing story and will be updated accordingly.

State television showed images of the immediate aftermath.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the assault in Ahvaz, which saw gunfire spray into a crowd of marching Guardsmen, bystanders and government officials watching from a nearby riser.

Ahvaz is the capital of Khuzestan province, an oil-rich region where Arab separatists have been known to attack oil pipelines in the past.

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Iran's Tasnim news agency, citing a local official, reported that at least 10 people had been killed, including a journalist.

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.

The parade was marking the start of the Iran-Iraq War, which lasted between 1980 and 1988.

The report Saturday described the assailants as "Takifiri gunmen", a term previously used to describe ISIS. The Guard also has vast holdings in Iran's economy.

Four militants carried out the attack and two of them were killed, according to ISNA.

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