Gunmen attack military parade in Iran's Ahvaz

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A child and a woman are among the injured following the attack in Ahvaz, the Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

Iran's Revolutionary Guard is a paramilitary force answerable only to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the shooting rampage dubbed a "terrorist" attack by the authorities, in which at least 30 people were also wounded. "Gulf countries", Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi told the official news agency IRNA.

Two of the attackers were gunned down during clashes with the security forces and two others arrested, one of them injured, IRNA said. In 2009 more than 40 people, including six Guard commanders, were killed in a suicide attack by Sunni extremists in Iran's Sistan and Baluchistan province.

Later on Saturday, IS claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the group's Amaq news agency. Neither claim provided evidence.

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"Iran will respond swiftly and decisively in defence of Iranian lives", Zarif wrote on Twitter.

The assailants were apparently wearing military uniforms, and the attack lasted for about 10 minutes.

"These terrorists. were trained and organized by two". Two of them were killed and two others were detained.

Yahya Rahim Safavi, a senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards official, has vowed retaliation for the attack.

"And if the enemies and arrogant powers have an eye on the borders and land of Islamic Iran they will receive a pounding reply in the fraction of a second". "I would like to confirm our readiness to further enhance cooperation with Iranian partners in countering this evil", the Kremlin quoted Putin as saying.

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On Friday, the IRGC and the Iranian army also held a joint aerial military drill in the Gulf, where the USA keeps maintains a fleet to protect oil shipping routes, as reported by Reuters.

"Security forces have restored security in the area but the parade has totally been disrupted", a reporter on the scene for Iranian state television said by phone in a live broadcast.

The deadly shooting targeted the city of Ahvaz in Khuzestan, a province bordering Iraq that has a large ethnic Arab community and has seen separatist violence in the past which Iran has blamed on its regional rivals.

The semi-official ISNA news agency published photographs of the attack's aftermath, with bloodied troops in dress uniforms helping each other walk away.

But attacks on regime targets inside major cities are far rarer.

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