> Thousands flooded the streets of Iran's Ava city on Monday, grieving the weekend attack on a military parade that killed 25 people. The assault on Saturday was one of the worst ever on Iran's military. 12 members of its elite revolutionary guards are among the dead. Killed when four gunmen opened fire on the viewing stands.
The Revolutionary Guards are accusing the US, Israel, and the Arab Gulf states of being involved in the incident. And are warning of a, quote, devastating response. On Sunday, President Hassan Rouhani said, Iran was ready to confront the country's enemies.>> The victims fell as innocent martyrs, undoubtedly the Islamic Republic of Iran will not overlook this crime.
It's clear to us which group they belong to, and where they're linked.>> Both Islamic State and a rebel group, separately claimed responsibility for the assault. Islamic State also posted a video they say was a statement by three men involved in the shooting, said to be recorded before it was carried out.
Such a direct attack on the revolutionary guard has likely boost its support for them at home, according to analysts, which may also serve to silence their critics. Their guard and their hard linebackers are often at odds with President Rouhani who is seen by Western diplomats as more pragmatic.