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Gunmen attack military parade in Ahvaz, Iran

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Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused U.S.-backed Gulf Arab states of carrying out a shooting attack on a military parade that killed 25 people, almost half of them members of the country’s elite Revolutionary Guards.

Khamenei ordered security forces to bring to justice those responsible for one of the worst assaults ever against the Revolutionary Guards, the most powerful military force in the country, which answers to him. (Reuters)

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This picture taken on Sept. 22, 2018 in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz shows a soldier running past injured comrades lying on the ground at the scene of an attack on a military parade that was marking the anniversary of the outbreak of its devastating 1980-1988 war with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. Dozens of people were killed with dozens others wounded in an attack in the southwestern Khuzestan province on September 22 targeting on an army parade commemorating the anniversary of the 1980-1988 Iran Iraq war, state media reported. (Photo: Morteza Jaberian/ISNA/AFP/Getty Images)


This picture taken on Sept. 22, 2018 in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz shows an Iranian soldier carrying an ijured comrade at the scene of an attack on a military parade that was marking the anniversary of the outbreak of its devastating 1980-1988 war with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. (Photo: Behrad Ghasemi/ISNA/AFP/Getty Images)


This picture taken on Sept. 22, 2018 in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz shows injured soldiers lying on the ground at the scene of an attack on a military parade that was marking the anniversary of the outbreak of its devastating 1980-1988 war with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. (Photo: Alireza Mohammadi/ISNA/AFP/Getty Images)



In this photo provided by the Iranian Students’ News Agency, ISNA, a Revolutionary Guard member carries a wounded boy after a shooting during a military parade marking the 38th anniversary of Iraq’s 1980 invasion of Iran, in the southwestern city of Ahvaz, Iran, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. (Photo: Behrad Ghasemi/ISNA via AP)


In this photo provided by Fars News Agency, a woman takes her children to shelter as an army member tries to help them, during a shooting at a military parade marking the 38th anniversary of Iraq’s 1980 invasion of Iran, in the southwestern city of Ahvaz, Iran, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. (Photo: Fatemeh Rahimavian/Fars News Agency via AP)


In this photo provided by the Iranian Students’ News Agency, ISNA, wounded military personnel are carried into an ambulance after a shooting during a military parade marking the 38th anniversary of Iraq’s 1980 invasion of Iran, in the southwestern city of Ahvaz, Iran, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. (Photo: Alireza Mohammadi/ISNA via AP)


In this photo provided by Mehr News Agency, an Iranian army member carries away a child from a shooting scene during a military parade marking the 38th anniversary of Iraq’s 1980 invasion of Iran, in the southwestern city of Ahvaz, Iran, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. (Photo: Mehr News Agency, Mehdi Pedramkhoo/AP)


In this photo provided by Mehr News Agency, civilians try to take shelter in a shooting scene, during a military parade marking the 38th anniversary of Iraq’s 1980 invasion of Iran, in the southwestern city of Ahvaz, Iran, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. (Photo: Mehr News Agency, Mehdi Pedramkhoo/AP)


This picture taken on Sept. 22, 2018 in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz shows Iranian women and soldiers taking cover next to bushes at the scene of an attack on a military parade that was marking the anniversary of the outbreak of its devastating 1980-1988 war with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. (Photo: Morteza Jaberian/ISNA/AFP/Getty Images)


This picture taken on Sept. 22, 2018 in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz shows Iranian soldiers carrying away an injured comrade at the scene of an attack on a military parade that was marking the anniversary of the outbreak of its devastating 1980-1988 war with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. (Photo: Morteza Jaberian/ISNA/AFP/Getty Images)


This picture taken on Sept. 22, 2018 in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz shows Iranian soldiers taking cover in a rain gutter off a street at the scene of an attack on a military parade that was marking the anniversary of the outbreak of its devastating 1980-1988 war with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. (Photo: Morteza Jaberian/ISNA/AFP/Getty Images)


This picture taken on Sept. 22, 2018 in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz shows Iranian men, women, and children, lying on ground for and some seeking cover at the scene of an attack on a military parade that was marking the anniversary of the outbreak of its devastating 1980-1988 war with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. (Photo: Morteza Jaberian/ISNA/AFP/Getty Images)


This picture taken on Sept. 22, 2018 in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz shows soldiers at the scene of an attack on a military parade that was marking the anniversary of the outbreak of its devastating 1980-1988 war with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. (Photo: Behrad Ghasemi/ISNA/AFP/Getty Images)


This picture taken on Sept. 22, 2018 in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz shows members of an Iranian military marching band reaching for their fallen instruments at the scene of an attack on a military parade that was marking the anniversary of the outbreak of its devastating 1980-1988 war with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. (Photo: Morteza Jaberian/ISNA/AFP/Getty Images)


In this photo provided by the Iranian Students’ News Agency, ISNA, security forces try to control the scene after a shooting during a military parade marking the 38th anniversary of Iraq’s 1980 invasion of Iran, in the southwestern city of Ahvaz, Iran, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. Gunmen attacked the military parade, killing at least eight members of the elite Revolutionary Guard and wounding 20 others, state media said. (Photo: Behrad Ghasemi/ISNA/AP)


This picture taken on September 22, 2018 in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz shows people and soldiers lying on the ground for cover at the scene of an attack on a military parade that was marking the anniversary of the outbreak of its devastating 1980-1988 war with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. (Photo: Behrad Ghasemi/ISNA/AFP/Getty Images)


This picture taken on Sept. 22, 2018 in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz shows a man helping women and children as they try to flee at the scene of an attack on a military parade that was marking the anniversary of the outbreak of its devastating 1980-1988 war with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. (Photo: Morteza Jaberian/ISNA/AFP/Getty Images)


In this photo provided by the Iranian Students’ 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 city of Ahvaz, Iran, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. Gunmen attacked the military parade, killing at least eight members of the elite Revolutionary Guard and wounding 20 others, state media said. (Photo: Behrad Ghasemi/ISNA/AP)


This picture taken on Sept. 22, 2018 in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz shows a man and a boy running off a street onto the curb as an Iranian soldier stands by at the scene of an attack on a military parade that was marking the anniversary of the outbreak of its devastating 1980-1988 war with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. (Photo: Morteza Jaberian/ISNA/AFP/Getty Images)


Iranian armed forces members march in a military parade marking the 38th anniversary of Iraq’s 1980 invasion of Iran, in front of the shrine of the late revolutionary founder, Ayatollah Khomeini, outside Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. Gunmen disguised as soldiers attacked the annual parade, killing several people and wounding others in the bloodiest assault to strike the country in recent years. (Photo: Ebrahim Noroozi/AP)


Military parade held to mark Sacred Defence Week in front of the Holy Shrine of Imam Khomeini in Tehran, Iran on Sept. 22, 2018. (Photo: Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)