Published: Tue, September 25, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Iran vows revenge for parade attack that killed 29

Iran vows revenge for parade attack that killed 29

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

In a collective outpouring of grief, Iranians held funerals Monday for the victims of the weekend terror attack on a military parade in the southwestern city of Ahvaz that killed 25 people, the deadliest attack in the country in almost a decade.

"The terrorists that carried out the act of terror were killed and rest will be traced and arrested soon", Alawi said late on Sunday, Khabar Online reported on September 24.

The "formal incitement against the UAE from within Iran is unfortunate, and has escalated after the Ahvaz attack", said Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash in a tweet.

The secretary of Iran's National Security Council said Tehran needed to talk to its neighbours to avoid tensions.

Isil's official news agency, Amaq, released a video purporting to show three of the four gunmen shortly before the attack. "You will see that our response will be crushing and devastating and you will regret what you have done", Hossein Salami said in a speech before the funeral of the victims broadcast live on the state television.

"We will punish the terrorists, one by one", he said.

At Monday's funeral, however, those attending rallied around the Iranian government and its soldiers.

"The terrorists themselves have perished, our agents will identify their remnants and supporters to the last man".

The father of 4-year-old victim Mohammad Taha lay atop his son's flag-draped coffin sobbing, a public display of grief near the Sarallah Mosque in Ahvaz, the capital of Iran's oil-rich province of Khuzestan.

Iran's Foreign Ministry summoned Western diplomats, accusing them of allegedly providing havens for the Arab separatists behind the attacks. The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps spokesman told the outlet, "The attack by some elements of al-Ahvaziya group which is fed by Saudi Arabia, aimed to overshadow the magnificence of the parade by the Iranian armed forces".

This year's parades had special significance as tensions with the United States have peaked since the USA withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal in May and began to re-impose unilateral economic sanctions on Tehran. But it is unlikely the IRGC will strike any of these foes directly. "It is Americans who instigate them and provide them with necessary means to commit these crimes", Rouhani said before leaving for the U.N. General Assembly in NY.

Giuliani has made similar comments before on Iran and the State Department has said he does not speak for the administration.

Accusations against Gulf countries will nearly certainly antagonise Iran's regional foe Saudi Arabia.

Asked if Trump would like to meet with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the highest authority in Iran, Pompeo replied: "The president has said he'll talk with anyone if we can have a constructive conversation".

The regional superpowers support opposing sides in the civil wars in Yemen and Syria, as well as rival political groups in Iraq and Lebanon.

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