At least 25 people are dead and 53 wounded after an army parade in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz came under attack by militants on Saturday, according to state media.

Iran will respond swiftly and decisively in defense of Iranian lives.

“They are not from Daesh (Islamic State) or other groups fighting (Iran's) Islamic system .

but they are linked to America and (Israel's intelligence agency) Mossad,” he told state news agency IRNA. -Reuters “All four terrorists were quickly neutralized by security forces,” Shekarchi told state television, adding: “A four-year-old girl and a wheelchair-bound war veteran were among the dead.” تصاویری از حمله تروریستی به رژه نیروهای مسلح در اهوازhttps://t.co/Y8KIdxlpE4 pic.twitter.com/Qt0NPsXyVx – خبرگزاری ایسنا (@isna_farsi) September 22, 2018 State television blamed the attack on “takfiri elements,” referring to Sunni Muslim militants.

Amid the controversy over who was actually behind the attack, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani ordered security forces to identify the attackers, according to semi-official news agency ISNA.

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