Iran says 'large' network arrested over Ahvaz attack

Attack aftermath Iran president says US wants to cause insecurity

The Islamic State released a statement that claimed responsibility for Saturday's attack shortly after it occurred, though a separatist Arab militant group also claimed it was behind the attack.

The UAE minister of state for foreign affairs, Anwar Gargash, for his part, stressed his country's rejection of acts of terrorism and accused Tehran of a campaign of "official incitement" against the Emirates.

Officials say 29 people were killed in the attack by four gunmen on a military parade in Ahvaz, capital of Khuzestan province bordering Iraq.

Thousands of people gathered Monday (Sep 24) morning in the south-western Iranian city of Ahvaz for the funeral of those killed during an attack on a military parade.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the U.S. and its regional allies were responsible for the attack.

The attack has further shaken Iran, already facing turmoil in the wake of the American withdraw from Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers and additional US sanctions that are due in November.

A man wearing a baseball cap emblazoned with what appears to be a Revolutionary Guard logo discussed the impending attack in Farsi in the video.

The dead from Saturday's attack in the southwestern city of Ahvaz, blamed on Arab separatists, ranged from a disabled war hero to a four-year-old boy.

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Of the 25 killed, a dozen were members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard, the country's elite security and military organization. The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps spokesman told the outlet, "The attack by some elements of al-Ahvaziya group which is fed by Saudi Arabia, aimed to overshadow the magnificence of the parade by the Iranian armed forces".

General Hossein Salami, acting head of the Revolutionary Guard, said at a mass funeral in Ahvaz: "You have seen our revenge before".

"We stand with the Iranian people against the scourge of radical Islamic terrorism and express our sympathy to them at this awful time", said Heather Nauert, the U.S. State Department spokeswoman.

"You are responsible for these actions; you will face the repercussions". But it is unlikely the IRGC will strike any of these foes directly.

A number of Iranian officials, including Zarif and President Hassan Rouhani, are expected to travel to Trump's hometown of New York City next week for high-level meetings at the United Nations General Assembly.

The attack comes as Iran's economy reels in the wake of the U.S.re-imposing sanctions lifted by Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers.

Tehran and Washington have had tense relations over a wide variety of issues, including Iran's nuclear program and American influence in the Middle East, for many years.

Iran's Intelligence Minister, Mahmoud Alavi, said a network of suspects had already been arrested in connection with the attack, the judiciary's news agency Mizan reported.

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