Original title: Iran parade attack has caused 29 deaths. The separatist organization claimed responsibility.
According to a new report from Iran's semi-official Fars News Agency, Hosein Hoseinzadeh, deputy governor of the province of Hozistan, said at least 29 people were killed and 70 others wounded in Saturday's attack on Awaz, the provincial capital. The casualties included military personnel and civilians, including more than a dozen members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard and a journalist watching the parade.
The Iran anti government separatist organization "Ahvaz patriotic Arabia democracy movement" claimed responsibility for the attack. Iran believes that the organization has won the support of "foreign hostile forces", including Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia has yet to respond to the allegations.
At the time of the attack, the 38th anniversary of the Iran-Iraq War was being paraded, and a group of militants broke into and fired at the reference group. "Terrorists disguised as members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard and militia fired at the authorities and the people behind the stands," said Gholam-Reza Shariati, who grew up in Huzistan province.
A spokesman for the Iranian Army, Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarch, said "terrorists" fired long-range shots at soldiers and civilians watching the parade. Of the four militants who carried out the attack, three were killed by security forces in the conflict and one was arrested.
The attack is also one of the most serious attacks against Islamic Revolutionary Guards in history. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard is the most elite military force in Iran.
Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif condemned the countries in the region that provided the Separatists with funds and weapons and their "American masters" and said on Twitter that "Iran will respond quickly and decisively to safeguard the lives of Iranians".
Iran later called ambassadors from Britain, the Netherlands and Denmark to accuse the EU of harbouring terrorists. A spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry said, "It is unacceptable that the EU will not list these organizations as terrorist organizations as long as they do not carry out terrorist attacks in Europe."
Iran's Supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, also condemned the U.S. - backed Gulf Arab countries for plotting the attack and ordered security forces to bring those responsible to justice.
The accusation could lead to further heightened tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies. After announcing its withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement, the United States has been trying to isolate the Islamic Republic.
"This crime is a continuation of the conspiracy of the countries of the region, the puppets of the United States, whose purpose is to create insecurity for our beloved nation," Khamenei said in a statement. He did not specify which country he was in. Israel is also a key ally of the United States against Tehran.
Every year on September 22, Iran held many places to commemorate the "Iran-Iraq War" parade, in which the capital Tehran held the most grand parade. President Rouhani of Iran attended the military parade this year and delivered a speech.
In his speech, he said that the United States has repeatedly disregarded international law and relevant norms, does not respect United Nations resolutions; the United States withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear agreement, in essence, is seeking a change of regime in Iran.
Ruhani will go to New York on the 23rd to attend the United Nations General Assembly, U. S. President Trump had invited Iran to return to the negotiating table, but Iranian officials have made it clear that the rejection.
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