Two dozens Iranians were killed and scores injured in an attack in south-western Iran claimed by an Arab separatist group as well as ISIS. Responding to the incident, which took place during a military parade in Ahvaz, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei stated that the incident "exposed the atrocity and viciousness of the enemies of the Iranian nation", and described it as "a continuation of the conspiracies by the U.S.-backed regimes in the region". President Rouhani asserted that Iran's response "to the smallest threat will be harsh, but those who sponsor the terrorists must be held accountable". Iran's foreign minister, Javad Zarif, declared that "terrorists recruited, trained, armed and paid by a foreign regime have attacked Ahvaz", and warned that "Iran holds regional terror sponsors and their U.S. masters accountable... Iran will respond swiftly and decisively in defence of Iranian lives".
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