Incident Summary:

09/22/2018: Five assailants opened fire on a military parade in Ahvaz, Khuzestan, Iran. In addition to five assailants, 25 people were killed and at least 60 others were injured in the attack. The Arab Liberation of Al-Ahvaz, Patriotic Arab Democratic Movement, and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the incident.




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Journalist
Nationality of Target Iran
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC)
Specific Description Ahvaz Military Parade
Nationality of Target Iran
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Iran
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Arab Liberation of Al-Ahvaz Ahwaz Democratic People's Front Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Patriotic Arab Democratic Movement Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 5
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 30 Fatalities / 60 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 30
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 5
Total Number of Injured 60
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Deadly gun attack at Iran military parade," BBC, September 22, 2018.
"Local terrorist group claims responsibility for Iran attack," Jerusalem Post, September 22, 2018.
"Iran mourns terror attack victims, as confusion swirls over Isis's claim of responsibility; The men in the Isis video, speaking Arabic and Persian, never mention Isis or make a religiously valid oath loyalty to the group," The Independent, September 24, 2018.