Iran launches missiles at militants in Syria

Iran launches missiles at militants in Syria

Agency News

Damascus, Oct 1: Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard on Monday said it launched ballistic missiles into eastern Syria targeting militants it blamed for a recent attack on a military parade.

The attacks 'killed and injured' terrorists in Syria, South China Morning Post said, quoting State television and the state-run IRNA news agency. “The headquarters of those responsible for the terrorist crime in Ahvaz was attacked a few minutes ago east of the Euphrates by several ballistic missiles fired by the aerospace branch of the Guardians of the Revolution,” the Guards said.

Previously, the Guard has launched missiles from Iran’s western provinces for such attacks.The attack adds to confusion over who carried out the assault on the military parade in Ahvaz on September 22 that killed at least 24 people and injured over 60.

Iran initially blamed Arab separatists for the attack in which gunmen disguised as soldiers open fire on the crowd and officials watching the parade from a riser in the southwestern city.Arab separatists also immediately claimed the attack and offered details about one of the attackers that ultimately turned out to be true.

The extremist Islamic State group also claimed responsibility for the assault, but initially made factual incorrect claims about it.Later, IS released footage of several men that Iran ultimately identified as attackers, though the men in the footage never pledged allegiance to the extremist group.

Last year, Iran fired ballistic missiles into Syria over a bloody IS attack on Tehran targeting parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.In September, Iran fired missiles into Iraq targeting a base of an Iranian Kurdish separatist group. The separatists say that strike killed at least 11 people and wounded 50, South China Morning Post added.

Iran has blamed Arab separatists for the attack. Islamic State also released footage of several men that Iran later identified as the attackers. (UNI)