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Iran's Khamenei says attack on military parade is linked to U.S. allies

LONDON (Reuters) - Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Saturday that an attack on a military parade in southwestern Iran was linked to the United States’ “allies in the region” and ordered security forces to bring the perpetrators to justice.

“This crime is a continuation of the plots of the regional states that are puppets of the United States, and their goal is to create insecurity in our dear country,” Khamenei said in a statement published on his website.

He did not name the states, but U.S. allies in the region include Iran’s arch-foe Israel and also the Arab Gulf states, especially Saudi Arabia.

Reporting by Bozorgmehr Sharafedin; Editing by Gareth Jones