Turkey condemns deadly terrorist attack in Iran

Revolutionary Guard members carry a wounded colleague after a shooting during their parade marking the 38th anniversary

Four gunmen opened fire on the crowd on Saturday, killing civilians and 12 members of the country's elite Revolutionary Guards.

However ISIS also claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the group's Amaq agency.

"All these little mercenary countries we see in this region are backed by America. It is Americans who instigate them and provide them with necessary means to commit these crimes", he said.

Militants shot dead at least 29 people including women and children in an attack Saturday on an Iranian military parade claimed by the Islamic State group, as Tehran accused a USA ally in the region of the assault. Women and children scattered along with once-marching Revolutionary Guard soldiers as heavy gunfire rang out in Ahvaz, the chaos captured live on state television.

Yaghub Hur Totsari, spokesman for Ahvaz National Resistance, an umbrella group that claims to defend the rights of the Arab minority in Khuzestan Province, told RFE/RL's Radio Farda that the group was responsible for the attack.

Iran summoned diplomats from Denmark, the Netherlands and Britain to complain about them "hosting some members of the terrorist group" and "double standards in fighting terrorism", the foreign ministry said.

A Revolutionary Guard member carries a wounded boy after the attack by unknown militants
BEHRAD GHASEMIL ISNA AP A Revolutionary Guard member carries a wounded boy after the attack by unknown militants

Iran also warned the United Arab Emirates over "offensive remarks" attributed to a UAE "political adviser" following the attack.

"Terrorists recruited, trained, armed & paid by a foreign regime have attacked Ahvaz", Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on twitter.

"Iran will respond swiftly and decisively in defence of Iranian lives", Zarif vowed, adding "children and journos" were "among casualties".

The attack in Ahvaz came as the country marked the anniversary of the start of its 1980 to 1988 war with Saddam Hussein's Iraq.

Three attackers were killed at the scene and the fourth died later of his injuries, said armed forces spokesman Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi. State TV hours later reported that all four gunmen had been killed.

It answers to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and runs its own business empire in Iran, a major oil producer which has been relatively stable compared with Arab states that have grappled with unrest since uprisings in 2011.

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In 2015, under then-president Barack Obama, the United States and Iran reached a landmark nuclear deal - also signed by China, Russia, the UK, France and Germany - where Iran limited its nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief.

Haley said Washington was trying to counter Iranian malign activities in the region as Tehran continued to test ballistic missiles, support terrorism and sell arms.

Two of the gunmen are under arrest, while two others were shot dead, IRNA reported.

Earlier reports described the attackers as "Takfiri gunmen", a term used in the past to describe the extremist Islamic State group.

The Trump administration has said that changing Iran's system of government is not U.S. policy.

The oil-rich province is one of the country's least developed.

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Iran and Saudi Arabia support opposite sides in wars in Syria and Yemen and rival political parties in Iraq and Lebanon, fuelling instability in the Middle East.

- December 15, 2010: Jundallah claims a suicide attack against Shiites celebrating Ashura in Chabahar in southeastern Iran.

Meanwhile, Iran's ambassador to London, Hamid Baeidinejad, said on his social media pages that he would file a complaint with UK's media watchdog Office of Communications (Ofcom), against Iran International, a TV channel based in London for interviewing the Al - Ahvaziah separatist group's spokesperson.

Iranian leaders accused the United States of complicity in the attacks in Ahvaz.

Iran has ballistic missiles with a range of up to 3,500 kilometres (2,200 miles), enough to reach both Israel and United States bases in the Middle East.

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