Iran Arrests 22 Terrorists with Links to Ahwaz Terrorist Attack
“Our forces have found the hideouts of the terrorists involved in the Saturday attack, and arrested 22 elements for having to do with the terrorist attack,” the intelligence ministry said in a statement.
According to the statement, the ones arrested provided support for the foreign-backed terrorists.
Some explosives, firearms, military vehicles and communications facilities were also seized from the hideout, the statement added.
In relevant remarks on Monday, Iranian Intelligence Minister Seyed Mahmoud Alavi announced that the country’s security forces have arrested a number of affiliates to the terrorists who carried out the Saturday terrorist attack in the Southwestern city of Ahwaz.
“The terrorists who carried out the attack were killed; their backup lines will be identified to the last person by the intelligence ministry, Armed Forces, Law Enforcement Police forces, security and judiciary forces, Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and Army forces and the political apparatus of the country,” Alavi said, addressing the funeral ceremony of the people martyred in the Saturday terrorist attack in Ahwaz.
“A major part of them have been captured and they will be identified to the last person,” he vowed, stressing that conspirators and culprits behind the terrorist attack will be severely punished.
29 people were killed and 70 were injured in the Saturday morning attack by al-Ahwaziya terrorist group during the nationwide military parades in Iran’s Southwestern city of Ahwaz.
The terrorists attacked the bystanders watching the annual Armed Forces’ parades, marking the start of the Sacred Defense Week, commemorating Iranians’ sacrifices during the 8 years of the Iraqi imposed war on Iran in 1980s, in disguise of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and Basij (volunteer) forces, killing and wounding several people, including innocent women and children.
None of the officials participating in the military parades in Ahwaz city in Khouzestan province was injured in the attack.
Spokesman of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier-General Abolfazl Shekarchi told FNA that 4 terrorists carried out the attack during military parades in Ahwaz, noting that three of them were killed and the last one was captured by security forces.
He added that none of the terrorists could escape, noting that other reports about the details of the attack are not confirmed.
Meantime, Head of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Public Relations Department and IRGC Spokesman General Ramezan Sharif said that the terrorists who attacked people during the Armed Forces’ parades in Ahwaz were affiliated to al-Ahwaziya stream which is nourished by Saudi Arabia.
He added that the terrorists aimed to overshadow the magnificence of the Iranian Armed Forces’ parades.
General Sharif said that people were also invited to watch the parades and the terrorists both fired at people and the Armed Forces.
He said that such attacks are precedent and al-Ahwaziya terrorist group had earlier fired at the convoys of people who visited the Southern cities of Iran which resisted against Saddam’s aggression during the 8-year Iraqi-imposed war against Iran in 1980s.
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