“The Islamic Republic will give a “crushing” response to the slightest threat against the country,” stressed Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during separate phone calls with Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli and governor of the southwestern Iranian province of Khuzestan on Saturday, according to Press TV.
“Those who are providing these terrorists with propaganda and intelligence support must be held accountable,” Rouhani said.
In this aspect, Rouhani expressed his sympathy with the bereaved families of the victims, ordering Iranian officials to adopt immediate measures to treat the injured.
The number of people killed in the terrorist incident has reached 24, according to IRNA.
With the wounded in critical condition, the death toll is expected to rise, the source said.
In this aspect, up to 53 people were wounded in the incident and were taken to various hospitals in Ahvaz to be treated, the same source added.
The terror attack took place during the parade of military units which was held on the occasion of the beginning of the Sacred Defense Week
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