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

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the parade attack in southwestern Iran

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.

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

The Fars news agency said citizens watching the parade first thought that the shooting was inadvertent.

State press added that those injured included a woman and a child.

Map of Iran locating Ahvaz
Map of Iran locating Ahvaz

The semi-official ISNA news agency published photographs of the attack's aftermath, with bloodied troops in dress uniforms helping each other walk away.

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

State television blamed "takfiri elements", a reference to Islamist militants, for the attack in Ahvaz, the centre of Khuzestan province, which has been the site of sporadic protests by Iran's Arab minority. Other armed security personnel shouted at each other in front of what appeared to be a viewing stand for the parade.

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