Iran warns U.S., Israel of revenge after parade attack

A general view shows an attack on a military parade in Ahvaz Iran in this

A general view shows an attack on a military parade in Ahvaz Iran in this

But US defence secretary Jim Mattis called Iran's claims of US involvement "ludicrous", and told reporters he was not concerned by the threats.

"We will destroy them with a strong and guerrilla-style attack, inshallah (God willing)", he adds.

The attack was claimed by an Ahvaz separatist group on an opposition televisioini station based in London by a spokesman based in Copenhagen.

There was no immediate response from the Saudi or Israeli governments.

Iran warned the United States, Saudi Arabia and Israel Monday that Tehran would take revenge for an attack on a military parade in Iran.

Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency reported Monday that authorities have arrested 22 people over their alleged connection with the attack in Ahvaz, an Arab-majority region in southwestern Iran.

'We listened to Iran's reading of the situation and we offered our condolences for the attack, ' the ministry is quoted as saying by broadcaster NOS.

"You have seen our revenge before ..."

Rouhani's remarks could refer to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates or Bahrain - close USA military allies that view Iran as a regional menace over its support for militant groups across the Middle East.

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This image contains sensitive content which some people may find offensive or disturbing - Click to reveal Iranian boys hold images of one of the victims, 4-year-old Mohammad Taha Eghdami, during a public funeral ceremony for those killed in the attack in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz on September 24.

On Monday, thousands of people gathered outside the Sarallah mosque in central Ahvaz for their funerals.

Many chanted "death to Israel and America".

The region's Arab separatists, once only known for nighttime attacks on unguarded oil pipelines, accuse Iran's Persian-dominated Government of discriminating against its ethnic Arab minority.

Gen. Esmayeel Kossari, said the reactions in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates - along with "documents" that he said had been found in Iraq and Syria - were proof that "the Americans gave orders to Riyadh and supported this attack". Soldiers crawled about as gunfire crackled.

Iranian soldiers used their bodies at times to shield civilians in the melee, with one Guardsman in full dress uniform and sash carrying away a bloodied boy. Khuzestan province also has seen recent protests over Iran's nationwide drought, as well as economic protests. The separatists, however, previously only conducted pipeline bombings at night or hit-and-run attacks. "It could be in a few days, months, a couple of years, but it's going to happen", said Giuliani, noting the impact of United States sanctions on the Iranian currency and economy. The UAE did not immediately acknowledge the summons.

This muted stance was in contrast to that of other nations, which had offered their sympathies to the victims and condemnation of the attack, with several ambassadors in Tehran writing their own personal messages, while heads of state such as Russian President Vladimir Putin released official statements. The claim further raises tensions in the Mideast as Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers is in jeopardy after President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the accord. "Iran will respond swiftly and decisively in defence of Iranian lives".

President Rouhani said the Unites States and Gulf states are causing bloodshed and threatened a thorough response.

It answers to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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