ISIS releases video of Iranian military parade attackers in Ahvaz
ISIS’ Amaq agency has posted a video of three Muslim terrorists in a vehicle who it said were on their way to carry out an attack on an Iranian military parade, which killed at least 25 and wounded 60 others.
Two of the terrorists spoke in Arabic about jihad, while the third spoke in Farsi suggesting they were targeting Iranian Revolutionary Guards, according to the recording, released after Saturday’s assault on the Guards in the Iranian city of Ahwaz.
A Muslim terrorist wearing a baseball cap emblazoned with what appears to be a Revolutionary Guard logo discussed the impending attack in Farsi in the video. “We are Muslims, they are kafirs (non-believers),” the terrorist says.
“We will destroy them with a strong and guerrilla-style attack, inshallah (allah willing),” he adds.
Four terrorists fired on a viewing stand in the southwestern city of Ahvaz on Saturday, where Iranian officials had gathered to watch an annual event marking the start of the Islamic Republic’s 1980-88 war with Iraq. Soldiers crawled about as gunfire crackled. Women and children fled for their lives.
Ahvaz National Resistance, an Iranian ethnic Arab opposition movement which seeks a separate state in oil-rich Khuzestan province, also claimed responsibility for the attack.
A spokesman for the Iranian military said the attackers were trained by two Gulf states and blamed Israel and the U.S. for the attack.
“They are not from Daesh (ISIS) or other groups fighting (Iran’s) Islamic system … but they are linked to America and (Israel’s intelligence agency) Mossad,” Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi told the official news agency IRNA.
There has been a blizzard of furious statements from top Iranian officials, including Iranian President Hassan Rohani, accusing Iran’s adversaries the United States and Gulf states of provoking the bloodshed and threatening a tough response.