Iran leaders accuse US, Saudis of supporting Tehran attacks

Pauline Gross
June 9, 2017

An official said previously that those who attacked the parliament complex had been dressed as women.

"As an Iranian Assyrian Chaldean Catholic priest, I am saddened by such inhumane acts, mostly accomplished by people who present themselves faithful to God and Islam, and therefore spread a false image of faith and religion", Fr Hormoz Aslani Babroudi, National Director of the Pontifical Mission Society in Iran, told Fides.

A day after the twin terrorist attacks in Tehran, Iranian state media said the death toll has risen to 17 and Iran's foreign minister denounced the official White House response as "repugnant".

The Intelligence Ministry, meanwhile, said in a statement that five men involved in the attacks were Iranians who joined IS in Iraq and Syria.

Two teams of attackers armed with guns and explosives targeted the Parliament building and the mausoleum in apparently coordinated attacks that occurred within an hour of each other.

Saudi Arabia, Iran's staunch regional rival, "constantly supports" terrorists, it said, adding that the IS claim of responsibility "shows they are involved in this savage action".

Trump was also criticised on social media by Iranians, who recalled their government's offers of support and the candlelight vigils held in Iran after the attacks of September 11, 2001 in the United States. Dozens of people were wounded.

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"We grieve and pray for the innocent victims of the terrorist attacks in Iran, and for the Iranian people, who are going through such challenging times. We underscore that states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote".

That second sentence, suggesting Iran bears responsibility for an attack against its civilians, was not well-received, NPR's Peter Kenyon reports. "Iranian people reject such USA claims of friendship", Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted Thursday. NPR's Michele Kelemen notes that the State Department condemned the attack and wrote that "the depravity of terrorism has no place in a peaceful, civilized world".

But Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) took a harsh tone, vowing revenge for the bloodshed and pointing the finger at the United States and its ally Saudi Arabia.

"Allah permitting, this is the first brigade that was established (in Iran) but it will not be the last", one said in the video message, as the group sat masked in a circle with their weapons.

IS has threatened to step up recruitment within Iran, releasing its first Persian-language video in March in which it threatened to "conquer Iran and restore it to the Sunni Muslim nation as it was before".

Iran's Supreme Leader is saying that the Islamic State-claimed dual attacks that killed 17 people in Tehran will add to the hatred that Iranians harbor toward the US and Saudi Arabia.

The Revolutionary Guards' accusation comes at a time of heightened Saudi-Iranian tensions following a regional rift with Qatar.

Other reports by GizPress

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