Sep 23, 2018 16:02 Asia/Tehran
  • Defense Minister: Iran's response to terrorists will be tough

Iran's defense minister, Brigadier General Amir Hatami has stressed that Iran will give 'a harsh and surprising response' to the terrorists who perpetrated the attack in Ahvaz.

Iran Press- Iran/ Expressing his condolence on the martyrdom of a group of innocent people in Ahvaz terrorist attack and condemning the terrorist outrage perpetrated by the enemies of the Iranian nation, Brigadier General Hatami said: "This blind act again has shown the weakness of the global arrogant powers and that of their puppets in the region, and the authority and dignity of Islamic Iran in the global arena due to their inability to confront the powerful Islamic Republic.

Defense minister Hatami said the enemy has been reduced to attack defenseless people of Iran, IRNA reported.

Referring to the coincidence of Ahvaz's terrorist attack with the anniversary of the imposed war on Iran by Saddam, General Hatami said that the same thinking that caused Saddam to initiate the imposition of the eight-year war on a resisting Iranian nation today is in another form an attempt to create disagreement and harm the great nation of Iran and undermine sustainable security.

'The incident proved that after about four decades of imposed war, the country and the nation should strengthen the spirit of defense and resistance more than ever, and given the threats and repeated aggression of the enemies to the security frontiers of Islamic Iran, the achievement of defense capability is not only the need of the country today, but also an indisputable necessity and the notion of the need for defense weapons pursued by the Americans is completely false, and obsolete,' he added.

Also, the foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said on Saturday that sponsors and supporters of terrorism and violence and their apologists and mouthpieces cannot cover up their direct involvement in backing anti-Iran terrorists through false rhetoric and claims.

Islamic Republic of Iran will continue its non-stop efforts to promote regional security and stability and fighting terrorism, he said.

At least 25 people were martyred and more than 60 others injured during Saturday morning's terror attack in Ahvaz, capital of Khuzestan Province, in southwestern Iran.

Iranian forces killed three of the terrorists in a clash after the attack, and a remaining terrorist died in hospital.

Most of the casualties of Ahvaz terrorist attack are civilians.

On Saturday 22nd September 2018, gunmen opened fire on people from behind a viewing stand at Quds Boulevard of Ahvaz during the parade held to mark the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's invasion of Iran which led to an eight-year war in the 1980s.

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