Sultanate condemns attack on Iran parade

MUSCAT: The Sultanate has strongly condemned the terrorist attack which targeted a military parade in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz on Saturday killing 29 people and injuring 57 others. In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs affirmed the Sultanate’s condemnation of all forms of terrorism and violence regardless of the reasons. The Sultanate expressed condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims and the friendly Iranian people wishing the injured speedy recovery.
Meanwhile, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani vowed a “crushing response” after gunmen shot dead at least 29 people including women and children in an attack on military parade. The IS group claimed to have carried out the rare assault in the southwestern city of Ahvaz, while Iranian officials accused “a foreign hand” being behind it. “The response of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the smallest threat will be crushing”, Rouhani said on his official website, after earlier addressing a similar military parade in Tehran to mark the start of the 1980-1988 war with Iraq. “Those who give intelligence and propaganda support to these terrorists must answer for it,” he said.