Iran fires missiles at militants in Syria over Ahvaz attack

Iran fires missiles at militants in Syria over Ahvaz attack

Iran has fired missiles at militants in Syria it blamed for an attack at a military parade in Iran's Ahvaz, the Revolutionary Guards said in a statement published on Sepah News, the Guards’ official news site.

The attack took place at 2 a.m. local time and targeted the bases of "takfiri terrorists" backed by the U.S. and regional powers in eastern Syria, the Guards said in a statement.

The ballistic missiles used in the attack flew 570 km to hit the targets, the Guards said.

"Our iron fist is prepared to deliver a decisive and crushing response to any wickedness and mischief of the enemies," Reuters cited the statement as saying.

The Revolutionary Guards said in the statement that 6 missiles were fired into Syria from western Iran, adding that 7 drones were also used to bomb militant targets during the attack, which killed a number of militant leaders and destroyed supplies and infrastructure used by the group.

Twelve Guards were among those killed in the attack on September 22, when gunmen fired on a viewing stand as military officials watched a ceremony in Ahvaz marking the start of Iran’s 1980-1988 war with Iraq. The Ahvaz National Resistance, an Iranian ethnic Arab separatist movement, and ISIS have both claimed responsibility for the attack in which 25 people were killed.