At least 29 people were killed and 53 wounded on Saturday (September 22nd) during a terrorist attack on a military parade in Ahwaz, a city in southwestern Iran.
The attack took place as Iran marked National Armed Forces Day, commemorating Baghdad’s outbreak of the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988) and the resistance of “Iranian” sacred defense during this imposed war.
The martyrs are largely Revolutionary Guards, but civilians were also killed, including women and children.
The attack took place around 9:00 am. The 4 commando individuals who fired on the crowd were shot dead: 3 of them were killed at the attack site, the fourth was wounded and arrested and died later in the hospital.
During the assault, which lasted about ten minutes, two attackers first opened fire on the crowd, before firing towards the stand where military commanders and officials from the province of Khuzestan attended the parade. The terrorists immediately faced the resistance of the military, which unfortunately did not have complete freedom of action because of the large number of civilians. However, security forces and the soldiers present managed to evacuate the citizens to nearby barracks for shelter.
Asked by the ISNA news agency, the spokesman of the Guard Corps of the Islamic Revolution Brigadier General Sharif said that the four attackers belonged to the “Al-Ahwaziya” terrorist group, supported by Riyadh.
Indeed, the Saudi regime funds terrorist movements that advocate armed guerrillas in Iran, including Ahwaz, capital of the Khuzestan province, not far from the Iraqi borders.
Indeed, the leaders of the terrorist Al-Ahwaziya militia, which claimed the attack, have their offices in London, Copenhagen and Amsterdam, where this movement is not considered a terrorist movement!
It does not appear on the European blacklist either, evidence of USOTAN’s clear and obvious support for groups of killers who are trying to destabilize Iran by slaughtering innocent civilians.
Very few Western countries, apart from France, have condemned the attack; unlike Russia whose President Putin expressed his condolences.
Authorities have promised a swift and firm response, and Iranian President Hassan Rohani has warned that the “Islamic Republic’s response to any threat will be swift,” directly blaming the United States and its influence on the countries of the region.
Supreme Leader Sayed Ali Khamenei condemned this “heinous crime” and pointed to “the conspiracies of the regimes of the region in the pay of the United States, whose mission is to create unrest and insecurity” within the Iranian nation.
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif directly blamed not ISIS, who would have claimed the attack, but its US creators. “Terrorists recruited, trained and paid by a foreign regime have attacked Ahwaz […] Iran believes that the regional sponsors of terrorism and their American masters are responsible for such attacks,” the diplomat tweeted.
Military officials have clearly accused Saudi Arabia, and there is no doubt that Tehran’s reaction will be swift and relentless and that it will not let this act go unpunished.
We remember that in 2017, Iran launched missiles against ISIS bases in Syria after a double attack against the Iranian Parliament and the mausoleum of Imam Khomeini.
Similarly, in early September, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards launched a missile attack against a base used to train the Iranian Kurdistan Party’s anti-Iranian terrorist group in the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan.
An attack that killed 15 people in reaction to last summer when Kurdish militiamen from the Washington, Tel-Aviv and Riyadh terrorist group slaughtered 11 Sunni Kurds from Iranian border guards in Marivan, western Iran.
Fearing the wrath of the Iranian people and their government demanding revenge, many Arab countries allied with Riyadh, disassociated themselves from the Al-Saud regime by condemning the attack, such as Kuwait, Egypt and Oman. Even US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert has distanced herself from Riyadh, saying “The US condemns terrorism and stands in solidarity with the Iranian people.”
Saudi Arabia is thus left alone to face responsibilities, abandoned by its sponsors and allies and will undoubtedly face the Iranian reaction that will match the crime committed.
The Anti-Zionist Party strongly condemns this heinous attack and extends its condolences to the families of the victims as well as to the entire Iranian people, their government and their army.
The people and the army are paying the price for their will of independence and sovereignty against the American- Zionist Empire as well as their unfailing support for the Palestinian people.
Fearing a direct confrontation with the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Washington- Tel Aviv- Riyadh axis once again uses its usual cowardly methods of internal destabilization, through groups of killers in its pay.
But despite all these plots, the Iranian nation will continue its inevitable march towards progress and independence by foiling all the hostile attempts of these enemies of Humanity.