Iran vows to avenge deadly military parade attack

Iranian Students&apos News Agency ISNA Iranian armed forces members and civilians take shelter in a shooting during a military parade marking the 38th anniversary of Iraq's 1980 invasion of Iran in the southwestern

"We expect that everyone involved will face a deserved punishment", Mr Putin said.

Various Iranian officials claimed Israel was responsible for a deadly attack on a military parade in Iran on Saturday. Women and children scattered along with once-marching Revolutionary Guard soldiers as heavy gunfire rang out, the chaos captured live on state television.

Ahvaz, the capital of Khuzestan province, is rich in oil reserves and has seen a number of attacks by the Arab separatists in the past.

Iran was quick to blame Israel and the U.S. for the attack, dismissing Islamic State's (IS) claim that they were behind it.

Earlier Foreign Minister Javad Zarif blamed "terrorists paid by a foreign regime", adding that "Iran holds regional terror sponsors and their U.S. masters accountable".

"Iran will respond swiftly and decisively in defence of Iranian lives", Zarif wrote on Twitter.

The Revolutionary Guards accused Shiite-dominated Iran's Sunni arch-rival Saudi Arabia of funding the attackers, while Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also blamed Iran's pro-US rivals.

Iran had previously warned about "members of these terrorist groups" residing in Denmark and Netherlands and had called for their arrest and trial, IRNA reported, citing Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi.

"America is acting like a bully toward the rest of the world. and thinks it can act based on brute force", said Rouhani, who engineered Iran's 2015 nuclear deal that ushered in a cautious detente with Washington before tensions flared anew with President Donald Trump's decision to quit the accord.

President Donald Trump decided in May to pull the United States out of the 2015 global nuclear deal with Tehran and reimpose sanctions in a bid to isolate the Islamic Republic.

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The United States reimposed crippling sanctions on Iran last month, and a new round of even harsher sanctions targeting Iran's vital oil sector is set to go back into effect on November 5.

It also claimed that the threats posed by Iran's support for terrorism are not confined to the Middle East; they are truly global. Ahvaz is in the center of Khuzestan province, where there have been sporadic protests by the Arab minority.

The city was also one of the few venues of anti-government protests late a year ago.

Hamid Baeidinejad, Iran's ambassador to the United Kingdom, called the channel's decision a "heinous act" in a post on Twitter and said his country would file a complaint with British authorities over the broadcast.

Shooting broke out several minutes into the event, which featured troops from the Iranian Army's 92nd armored division.

He added, "the United States and the occupying regime of Israel are those who train and finance terrorists; those regimes who are our Persian Gulf neighbors train terrorists, and the Islamic Republic of Iran itself is also the victim of terrorism today".

But in the hours after the attack, state-run media reported the Al-Ahwaz separatist group claimed the responsibility for the attack.

Zarif also said journalists were among the victims, but that has not been confirmed. In June 2017, coordinated assaults claimed by Islamic State on the country's parliament and the mausoleum of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini killed 17 people.

Syria's Foreign Ministry has condemned the "terrorist" attack on a military parade in Iran's southwest that killed 24 people and wounded dozens.

But while violence and bomb attacks are not uncommon on both Iran's western and eastern frontiers - bordering Iraq and Afghanistan respectively - audacious and organized assaults that directly target the Islamic Republic's security services in city centers are still rare.

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