ISIS media release video claiming to show Iran military parade attackers

Pauline Gross
September 25, 2018

The procession walked down the Naderi and Zand Streets, many weeping and beating their chests, a traditional way of showing grief.

The Saturday attack in southern Iran killed at least 29 people and injured 70, including military personnel and civilians spectators.

Iranian military mourn over the bodies during a public funeral ceremony for those killed during an attack on a weekend parade.

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".

"Definitely, we will harshly punish the operatives" behind the terror attack, he added.

Speaking before the funeral of the victims, he accused Israel and the US of complicity in the attack on a military parade Saturday that wounded more than 60 people as well as claiming the known fatalities.

"You are responsible for these actions; you will face the repercussions. We warn all of those behind the story, we will take revenge".

Council President Nikki Haley, who serves as the U.S. ambassador to the world body, released a statement Monday, asserting that "terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to worldwide peace and security".

State media said the four attackers were dead. "Although Israel is just being thrown in because of the special relations the two countries share", said Dagres.

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Four assailants fired on a viewing stand in Ahvaz where Iranian officials had gathered to watch an annual event marking the start of the Islamic Republic's 1980-88 war with Iraq.

The separatists accuse Iran's Persian-dominated government of discriminating against its ethnic Arab minority.

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.

That came after Tehran summoned the Gulf state's top diplomatic representative on Sunday over "offensive comments" made by a UAE political adviser. Iran believes the attack was carried out by militants trained by Israel and Gulf states, and supported by the U.S.

However, before IS' initial statement on the attack, the Ahvaz National Resistance, an Arab opposition movement to Tehran, claimed they were behind the attack. The men did not identify themselves as IS members but said they were on their way to carry out an attack on an Iranian military parade.

"So the Iranian government's claims aren't necessarily unfounded".

While no group has taken responsibility for the attack, local officials have been quick to point the finger at US, Israel or Saudi Arabia.

Both Trump and Rouhani are attending this week's U.N. General Assembly in NY.

Suspects have reportedly been arrested and the country has declared Monday a national day of mourning. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

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