TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami hailed a recent missile attack by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) on terrorists in Syria and vowed the Islamic Republic’s next moves in retaliation for a recent terrorist attack on people in the city of Ahvaz.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a cabinet meeting in Tehran on Wednesday, Brigadier General Hatami pointed to the IRGC’s missile and drone attacks on the positions of terrorists in Syria, which was in retaliation for the Ahvaz terror attack, and said this move (missile attack) had been demanded by the people and emphasized by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei.

“All those who take action against the Iranian nation’s security should wait for a strong and crushing response,” he said. 

The defense minister went on to say that domestically made missiles were used by the Armed Forces properly and precisely hit the targets.

On Monday morning, the IRGC Aerospace Force fired six mid-range ballistic missiles at the bases of Takfiri terrorists in an area east of the Euphrates in Syria in retaliation for the Ahvaz terrorist attack.

Following the missile strike, the IRGC flew seven combat drones and bombed the positions and strongholds used for accommodating and supporting the terrorists.

During a military parade in Ahvaz, which was staged concurrently with nationwide military parades on September 22 to mark the Sacred Defense Week, Takfiri militants wearing disguise opened fire at the people participating in the ceremony.

The attack was simultaneously claimed by the Saudi Arabia-linked al-Ahwaziya terrorist group, and the Daesh Takfiri terror outfit, which is suspected of receiving Saudi patronage.

Three of the four assailants involved in the attack were killed by Iranian security forces, and a fourth one was arrested but later died of the wounds he had sustained during a security chase.

Following the terrorist act, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said the attack in Ahvaz was the continuation of plots hatched by US stooges in the region to create insecurity in the country, adding that Iran’s intelligence services must swiftly find the accomplices of the "criminals” behind the attack and put them on trial.

The Leader said the "tragic and sorrowful" incident in Ahvaz and the killing of people by mercenary terrorists once again exposed the cruelty of the enemies of the Iranian nation.