Iran mourns for Ahvaz terrorist attack victims
Masses of Iranian people and government officials took part in a funeral procession for the victims of Saturday's terrorist attack in Ahvaz , held on Sunday Sep 24,2018.
Iran press/ Iran news: The funeral procession began in Ahvaz on Monday, two days after terrorists opened fire at the crowd of people during a military parade in the southwestern city, killing 25 military personnel and civilians — including women and children — and wounding at least 68 others reported Press tv.
The "al-Ahwaziya" terrorist group, which receives backing mainly from Saudi Arabia, claimed responsibility for the attack shortly after it was carried out.
Also the terrorist group of Daesh claimed responsibility, publishing online purported footage of the assailants.
Three of the four assailants involved in the attack were killed by Iranian security forces, and a fourth one was arrested but later died of the wounds he had sustained during a security chase.
Iran summoned the ambassadors of the Netherlands and Denmark as well as the chargé d'affaires of Britain over sheltering members of "al-Ahwaziya."
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif confirmed on the day of the attack that the terrorists had been "recruited, trained, armed & paid by a foreign regime" and said a response would be coming "swiftly and decisively."
President Hassan Rouhani later said a "crushing" response awaited those responsible for the attack.
And Ayatollah Khamenei tasked Iran's intelligence services with prompt work to identify the perpetrators and hand them over to the Iranian Judiciary.
'Justice will be done'
Delivering a speech at the Monday funeral procession, Intelligence Minister Alavi said that a large number of terrorists linked to the attack had been arrested.He delivered a stern warning.
"Let those who committed this horrendous crime know: the sons of Islamic Iran will not be silent in the face of these criminal acts," Alavi said. "The crime of killing six-year-old children, [and] the crime of shooting at... women and children is nothing that... Iran's security, military, and intelligence apparatuses would let go [unpunished]."
He confirmed that those terrorists involved in the attack had all been killed and that their enablers "will be identified to the last person."
"Security and judicial forces will do justice to each and every one of the terrorists, and will send the message to the world that... Iran is not the place for such [terrorist] activities."
'Iran's response will be crushing'
Deputy Commander of the IRGC Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami said in a speech of his own at the funeral that Iran's response to the backers of the terrorist attack would be "crushing."
He said those who seek to "apply the Syria and Iraq model to Iran" would fail to accomplish their plot.
Iranian cabinet declares Monday as day of Public mourning
In a Sunday statement, Iranian administration’s cabinet declared Monday as a day of public mourning across the country over Ahvaz terror attack.
Condemning the Saturday’s terrorist attack on a military parade in Ahvaz, the statements offered condolences to the families of victims and the Iranian nation, announcing that the administration declares Monday as a nationwide public mourning since the funeral procession of terror victims will be held on this day.
Elsewhere, the statement urges all nations, especially neighboring countries, to adopt decisive measures to fight against terrorist groups which have had a role in this attack.