Iran mourns victims of Ahvaz parade attack

Iran mourns victims of Ahvaz parade attack

Thousands of people packed the streets of the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz today to mourn the victims of an attack on a military parade that killed at least 29 people.

Iran has declared Monday a national day of mourning. Public offices, banks, schools and universities will be closed in Khuzestan province, Reuters reported.

Gunmen opened fire at Revolutionary Guard troops and officials in the south-western Iranian city of Ahvaz at 09:00 local time (06:30 BST). The attack lasted about 10 minutes, and appeared to involve four gunmen.

The attackers fired at civilians and attempted to attack military officials on the podium. Civilians including women and children, who were watching the military parade, were among those killed, according to reports. At least 29 people were killed, 57 more were injured.

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