Tehran has summoned the envoys of three EU member-states accusing them of harboring radical groups, after an attack at a military parade in the city of Ahvaz resulting in deaths and injures of military and guests.
The UK, The Netherlands and Denmark diplomats were invited shortly after attack to Foreign Ministry.
“It is not acceptable that these groups are not listed as terrorist organizations by the European Union as long as they have not carried out a terrorist attack in Europe,” Bahram Qasemi, Foreign Ministry spokesman, said, as cited by IRNA news agency.
Up to 25 were people killed and more than 60 others injured as gunmen fired indiscriminately at the crowd during a military parade in the southwestern city of Ahvaz.
The attack has been claimed by the ‘Patriotic Arab Democratic Movement in Ahwaz’ separatist group, which Tehran says is supported by Saudi Arabia.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the country held “regional terror sponsors and their US masters accountable for such attack[s.” Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei later also linked the Ahvaz shooting to the US allies in the region.
Following the deadly attack during the military parade in southwestern of Iran’ Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said it was linked to the United States’ “allies in the region” and ordered security forces to bring the perpetrators to justice.
More than twenty killed, including 12 Revolutionary Guards, and another 60 were injured in a terrorist attack carried out during a military parade in southern Iran’s Ahvaz on September 22, the IRNA news agency reported.
At least dozen members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), an elite military force, were slain in the attack, the Tasnim news agency reported earlier
The Patriotic Arab Democratic Movement in Ahwaz has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Four gunmen in a military uniform opened fire at the crowd from behind the stand, the reports said. The shooting lasted for about 10 minutes. Two gunmen were killed and two others were detained. According to a spokesman for Iran’s IRGC, the terrorists targeted both the military and the civilians, who had been invited to attend the event.