Iran's Revolutionary Guard says they killed mastermind of parade attack that left 25 dead in September
The Guards said in a statement published on state media their forces had killed a man named Abu Zaha and four other militants in Diyala province in Iraq. One news website run by Iran's state television said Abu Zaha was a member of Islamic State.
London: Iran's Revolutionary Guard on Tuesday said they had killed the "mastermind" behind an attack on a military parade in the Iranian city of Ahvaz last month which left 25 people dead, nearly half of them members of the Guard.
The Guard said in a statement published on state media their forces had killed a man named Abu Zaha and four other militants in Diyala province in Iraq. One news website run by Iran's state television said Abu Zaha was a member of Islamic State.
Both Islamic State and an Iranian ethnic Arab opposition movement called the Ahwaz National Resistance, which seeks a separate state in Iran's oil-rich Khuzestan province, have claimed responsibility for the 22 September attack. Neither group has provided conclusive evidence to back up its claim.
On 1 October, Iran said it had killed several Islamic State leaders in eastern Syria in a missile strike and destroyed the militants' supplies and infrastructure.
The Sunni Muslim Islamic State group, in decline in Iraq and Syria, considers the majority Shi'ite Muslims of Iran to be heretics. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said those responsible for the parade attack were paid by Sunni Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and that Iran will “severely punish” those behind the violence.
Saudi Arabia and the UAE have denied involvement in the attack.
In response, Palestinian militants also launched a barrage of rockets as air-raid sirens wailed in Israel and the two sides drew closer to another all-out war
In April 2012 negotiations began in Vienna to restore the 2015 nuclear deal, which the US pulled out from in 2018 under President Trump, but due to differences between Tehran and Washington in March this year the negotiations had stopped
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Eghtesad Salem, a conservative news website published a column saying that the attack was issuing a clear message to American officials. It stated that they would be hunted down for the assassination of Iran's top general, Qassim Suleimani, who died in a US airstrike in January 2020