At least 10 people have been killed and 21 injured in a shooting in Iran.

The shooting took place at a military parade in the city of Ahvaz, province of Khuzestan, south-western Iran, marking the anniversary of the 1980-88 war with Iraq.

The victims include both members of the military and civilians as well as a child among the wounded.

There has been no claim of responsibility.

It is still unclear who carried out the attack. The Iranian State media say that Sunni militants or Arab nationalists may be behind the attack, and an IRGC spokesman said that the attackers were affiliated to a terrorist group supported by Saudi Arabia.

Earlier reports described the gunmen as “takfiri”, a term often used to describe the Islamic State.

The shooting started at 9AM local time and lasted at least 10 minutes. It involved four gunmen who were believed to have carried out the carnage from a park located behind the stand.

According to the state news agency IRNA, the Governor of Khuzestan Gholam-Reza Shariati said: “The terrorists disguised as Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and Basiji (volunteer) forces opened fire to the authority and people from behind the stand during the parade,”.

Two of the gunmen were shot dead by the security forces and the other two were arrested.

Between 2005 and 2006 in the city of Ahvaz, five bombings took place in which 28 people lost their lives and 225 were injured, those attacks were blamed on the separatist organisations of Arabs.

Just last June the country were victims to two violent attacks, one at the Iranian Parliament, (the Majles) in central Tehran and one next to the Imam Khomeini Shrine which is located next to the Imam Khomeini International Airport.

Other bombings on the South-Eastern borders, with Pakistan were carried out by Sunni extremist groups, before the attacks.


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