1001 GMT February 17, 2019
In a statement on Monday, the ministry said it has discovered the identity of the team that carried out Saturday’s terrorist attack in Ahvaz, saying they were affiliated with “Takfiri separatist groups under the aegis of reactionary Arab countries.”
The intelligence forces have stormed the hideouts of terrorists and arrested 22 supporting elements and those involved in the fatal attack in Ahvaz, it added.
During the raids, ammunitions, military equipment and communication gear have been confiscated from the whereabouts of terrorists, the statement said, Tasnim News Agency reported.
It also said that foreign sponsors and masterminds of the terrorist attack have been identified, adding that more details will be released later.
While the military forces were on parade in Ahvaz on Saturday morning and people were watching the event, Takfiri terrorists opened fired on people in the gathering, killing 25 and injuring more than 60 others.
The Al-Ahvaziya terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The United Nations Security Council in a statement on Monday condemned the terrorist attack, calling it a "heinous and cowardly terrorist attack".
The council emphasized that perpetrators and sponsors of the assault need to be held accountable, AP reported.
Meanwhile, the Iranian Embassy in London filed a lawsuit against the London-based TV channel Iran International at the UK’s communications regulator Ofcom over the channel’s support for the terrorist group involved in the attack.
“The Iranian Embassy in London has taken its official lawsuit to ‘Ofcom’ [asking it] to investigate the Iran International TV channel’s illegal move to broadcast an interview with the spokesman of the [Al-Ahvaziya] terrorist group,” Iranian Ambassador to London Hamid Baeidinejad said in a Monday tweet.
Shortly after the attack, the London-based TV channel Iran International allowed the terrorist group’s spokesman to go live on air to justify their heinous crime.