Several members of Iran's elite military guard killed in parade gun attack

Gunmen attacked a military parade in the Iranian city of Ahvaz on Saturday killing at least 25 people and wounding 60 others

Several members of Iran's elite military guard killed in parade gun attack

At least 11 soldiers have died and dozens more people are injured after gunmen opened fire on a military parade in Iran, according to state media.

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.

Speaking to the Tasnim News Agency, the political deputy governor of Khuzestan Province, Ali Hossein Hosseinzadeh said in the "blind and coward terrorist attack" 10 people, including a journalist, have been killed and 21 others have been injured.

This is a developing story and will be updated accordingly. Paramedics could be seen helping someone in military fatigues lying on the ground.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack in Iran's southwest.

State television said the attack targeted a stand where officials were gathered to watch the annual event, marking the start of the country's 1980-88 war with Iraq.

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ISNA published photographs of the attack's aftermath, with bloodied troops in dress uniforms helping each other walk away.

Ahvaz, in southwestern Khuzestan province, is home to the small Arab minority in Iran, which is mainly ethnic Persian.

Who carried out the assault also remained in question.

A state TV report said the assailants were "Takifiri gunmen", a term sometimes used to describe Islamic State. The Guard also has vast holdings in Iran's economy. Khomeini led the 1979 Islamic Revolution that toppled the Western-backed shah to become Iran's first supreme leader until his death in 1989.

The assault shocked Tehran, which largely has avoided militant attacks in the decades after the tumult surrounding the Islamic Revolution.

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