At least 20 people have been wounded and several others killed following a militant attack in Ahvaz (Khuzestan province) on Saturday, September 22, according to state media. Unidentified gunmen opened fire on a military parade that was being held in the city. The gunfire reportedly lasted for about ten minutes before security forces gained control of the situation. Details are still emerging.
As of Saturday morning, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Military parades were held throughout the country to commemorate the 38th anniversary of the Iran-Iraq War. The threat posed by militancy remains high in all of Iran's border areas, especially in the west and the east, partly due to weak border monitoring by neighboring countries including Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Turkey.
Individuals in Ahvaz are advised to avoid the area of the incident, remain vigilant, and obey all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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