As Iran mourns parade dead, United States pushes back on 'ludicrous' accusations

As Iran mourns parade dead, United States pushes back on 'ludicrous' accusations

As Iran mourns parade dead, United States pushes back on 'ludicrous' accusations

At least 29 people, including children, were killed and 70 others injured in an assault on the Iranian military on Saturday.

The Ahvaz National Resistance has been in the headlines following the attack in Iran last week.

According to Reuters, four militants dressed as soldiers fired into the crowd during the parade in the city of Ahvaz.

The victims were primarily members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.

According to the Iranian Brigadier General Shekarchi four people were identified as attackers of whom three were shot at the attack site while the fourth died from his wounds in custody.

The region's Arab separatists, once only known for nighttime attacks on unguarded oil pipelines, claimed responsibility.

The attack comes as Iran's economy reels in the wake of the sanctions lifted by Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers.

Ethnic Arab separatists and the Islamic State group (IS) have issued competing claims that they carried out the attack, which was the deadliest in Iran in nearly a decade.

Iran's Intelligence Ministry said some 22 people had been arrested in connection with the attack.

Speaking at the funeral ceremony, Defence Minister Amir Hatami warned the "terrorists" to expect the revenge of the Iranian nation.

The parade in Ahvaz - the capital of the south-western border province of Khuzestan - marked the anniversary of the start of Iran's 1980-88 war with Iraq.

Guards Brigadier General Hossein Salami, in a speech broadcast on state TV, said: "You have seen our revenge before".

"Based on reports, this cowardly act was done by people who the Americans come to help when they are trapped in Syria and Iraq, and are paid by Saudi Arabia and the UAE", Khamenei said on his website. "We stand with the Iranian people against the scourge of radical Islamic terrorism and express our sympathy to them at this bad time".

By accusing US-allied country in the Gulf of being behind the attack, Rouhani could have been referring to Saudi Arabia, the UAE or Bahrain - close U.S. military allies that view Iran as a regional menace over its support for Middle East militant groups. "Iran is not the place for such [terrorist] activities", Alav said.

Oman, Kuwait and Qatar issued condemnations of the attack, while Saudi Arabia and Bahrain had yet to react on Sunday.

Kurdish rebels frequently attack military patrols on the border further north, but attacks on government targets in major cities are rare.

Salami addressed Israeli and United States leaders, saying that "you have seen our revenge before". Iranian leaders blamed the US and Israel and threatened retaliation.

Haley released the statement as Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was in NY for the 73rd annual session of the United Nations General Assembly.

The Revolutionary Guard is a paramilitary force answerable only to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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