Ah­vaz at­tack was re­sult of forces’ neg­li­gence: MP

The Gulf Today - - MIDDLE EAST -

TEHRAN: A prom­i­nent Ira­nian law­maker said an at­tack on a mil­i­tary pa­rade in the south­west­ern city of Ah­vaz that killed 24 peo­ple was the re­sult of neg­li­gence by se­cu­rity forces, semi-ofi­cial ISNA news agency re­ported on Satur­day.

The re­port quoted the head of Iran’s par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee on na­tional se­cu­rity and for­eign pol­icy, Hesh­ma­tol­lah Fala­hat­pisheh, as say­ing a video shot by the In­tel­li­gence Min­istry and the Army makes this clear.

“The cam­era­man begged a sniper to shoot the at­tack­ers, but the sniper waited for his com­man­der’s order,” he said, de­scrib­ing the video.

Ninety-two law­mak­ers and the in­tel­li­gence and in­te­rior min­is­ters re­viewed the video of last Satur­day’s at­tack.

“There were eight or nine snipers who were eas­ily able to kill the ter­ror­ists in 30 sec­onds,” Fala­hat­pisheh said.

He said one sniper did not at irst be­lieve an at­tack was tak­ing place, but when he saw peo­ple were be­ing killed he still did not shoot, say­ing he didn’t get an order to ire.

Fala­hat­pisheh said some of the wounded in the at­tack had ex­pe­ri­ence ight­ing the Daesh group in Syria and if they had been armed, they could have pre­vented the tragedy.

Mil­i­tants dis­guised as sol­diers opened ire on an an­nual Ira­nian mil­i­tary pa­rade in the coun­try’s oil-rich south­west, killing 24 peo­ple and wound­ing over 60 in the dead­li­est ter­ror at­tack to strike the coun­try in nearly a decade.

Tehran has iden­ti­ied an ar­ray of par­ties as per­pe­trat­ing or hav­ing a hand in the Sept.22 at­tack in the city of Ah­vaz.

Ah­vaz is the cap­i­tal of Khuzes­tan, a prov­ince bor­der­ing Iraq in south­west­ern Iran where eth­nic Arabs form a ma­jor­ity.

There have been two claims of re­spon­si­bil­ity for the gun as­sault against a mil­i­tary pa­rade, in­clud­ing one by the Daesh group.

Soon af­ter the at­tack, the elite Is­lamic Revo­lu­tion­ary Guards Corps ac­cused the Al Ah­waziya move­ment of cul­pa­bil­ity.

A -Ah­waziya is sep­a­ratist move­ment from Khuzes­tan prov­ince, but it com­prises var­i­ous groups.

On satur­day, lon­don-based op­po­si­tion chan­nel Iran In­ter­na­tional TV broad­cast a claim of re­spon­si­bil­ity by a group called the Ah­vaz Na­tional Re­sis­tance.

Two other re­gional sep­a­ratist move­ments — the Ah­wazi Demo­cratic Pop­u­lar Front and the Arab Strug­gle Move­ment for the Lib­er­a­tion of Ah­vaz — made state­ments deny­ing any in­volve­ment.

Rouhani ac­cused an un­named coun­try of giv­ing inan­cial, armed and po­lit­i­cal sup­port to the in­sti­ga­tors of the at­tack.

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