Tehran: Eight people were killed and at least 20 injured after gunmen attacked a military parade in the southwest Iranian city of Ahvaz on Saturday, reported State TV. The assailants were described in the report as “Takifiri gunmen,” which is a term used to refer to the Islamic State group.”Several gunmen began shooting from behind the stand during the parade. There are several killed and injured,” stated a correspondent to the state television. Also Read - Afghanistan: 16 Killed, Nine Others Injured After Attackers Detonate Explosives at Construction Company in Jalalabad

According to the images displayed by the State television of the attack on the military parade, paramedics were seen extending helping hand to a person laying on the ground in military fatigues. The scene in front of the viewing stand for the parade showed armed security personnel shouting at each other. About 20 people were injured in the attack, reported Iranian state-run IRNA news agency. Also Read - Mali: Gunmen Attack Villages in Central Menaka Region, Kill 20 People

Ahvaz is the capital of Khuzestan which is Iran’s oil-rich province. In the past, there were instances of Arab separatists attacking the oil pipelines in the province. According to a report by the semi-official Fars news agency, two gunmen who carried out the attack were spotted on a motorcycle wearing khaki uniforms.