Death toll rises to 11 at Ahvaz military parade terror attack

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Iran's state-run IRNA news agency says 20 people have been wounded in an attack on military parade in Ahvaz.

Earlier reports described the attackers as "Takfiri gunmen", a term used in the past to describe the extremist Islamic State group.

At first, those present appear to think that the gunfire could be part of the ceremony, but then quickly realize it is a hostile attack and immediately begin to scramble from the scene. Ahvaz is in the centre of Khuzestan province, where there have been sporadic protests by the Arab minority in predominantly Shi'ite Iran.

Following a deadly attack on a military parade in southern Iran, the country's foreign minister said that regional sponsors of terrorism and their "US masters" are to be held accountable for such assaults.

Hosseinzadeh also said in the clash, the security forces managed to kill two terrorists and arrest the two remaining militants. Paramedics could be seen helping someone in military fatigues lying on the ground.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the shooting rampage dubbed a "terrorist" attack by the authorities, in which at least 30 people were also wounded.

IRGC spokesman told ISNA correspondent that the armed assailants who opened fire at people and armed forces personnel present at the parade were affiliated with the "Al-Ahwaz" separatist group.

Iran is also now facing intensified attacks in its Kurdish-majority provinces (Rojhilat) and along its Western border with the Kurdistan Region, where Kurdish opposition groups operate.

The semi-official ISNA news agency published photographs of bloodied troops in dress uniforms helping each other walk away on Quds, or Jerusalem, Boulevard in Ahvaz.

Saturday's attack comes after a coordinated June 7, 2017, Islamic State group assault on parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Tehran. The assault shocked Tehran, which has seen few militant attacks in the decades after the tumult surrounding the Islamic Revolution.

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