An Iranian military leader has warned the U.S. and Israel that the two countries could face a “crushing and devastating” response after the two allegedly took part in Saturday’s assault.
According to Fox News, militants disguised as soldiers opened fire during an Iranian annual parade over the weekend. Reports said it was the deadliest terrorist attack in the country in about ten years; 25 were killed in the attack.
Iranian officials believe the attack came from Israeli militants who were supported by the U.S.
“You have seen our revenge before,” said Hossein Salami, deputy head of the Revolutionary Guard. “You will see that our response will be crushing and devastating and you will regret what you've done.”
Some suspects in the shooting were killed and others have been arrested.
“The terrorists themselves have perished, our agents will identify their remnants and supporters to the last man. A major part of them have already been arrested," Intelligence Minister Mahmud Alavi said at a memorial for the dead on Monday.
Meanwhile, the U.S. itself condemned the terrorist attack.
“We stand with the Iranian people against the scourge of radical Islamic terrorism and express our sympathy to them at this terrible time,” said Heather Nauert, the U.S. State Department spokeswoman.
Arab separatists claimed responsibility for the attack. In a video the Islamic State’s Amaq agency posted, three men are shown in a car on their way to the parade.
“We are Muslims, they are kafirs (non-believers),” the man reportedly could be heard saying. He went on: “We will destroy them with a strong and guerrilla-style attack, inshallah (God willing).”
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