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The Arab Freedom Movement, Al-Ahvaz Branch claimed responsibility for Saturday’s terrorist attack on a military parade in the Iranian city of Ahvaz, the BBC’s Persian language service reported.
“This action was part of our legitimate resistance, and no civilians were targeted in the attack,” said a statement released by the group, which describes itself as devoted to protecting the rights of Khuzestan province’s ethnic Arab minority.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif condemned the attack as the work of terrorists backed by Iran’s regional rivals and the United States.
“Terrorists recruited, trained, armed and paid by a foreign regime have attacked Ahvaz,” Zarif said in a Twitter post Saturday. “Children and journos among casualties. Iran holds regional terror sponsors and their US masters accountable for such attacks. Iran will respond swiftly and decisively in defense of Iranian lives.”
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