Iran Arrests 7 Accused of Aiding Deadly Tehran Attacks

Cesar Mills
June 11, 2017

Bombers and gunmen killed 17 people in Iran's parliament and near the mausoleum of the Islamic Republic's founder, Ayatollah Khomeini, on Wednesday, in rare strikes on the capital that exacerbated regional tensions.

The Tehran Security Council had convened an emergency meeting after two terror attacks occurred on the Iranian Parliament and Imam Khomeini Mausoleum respectively on Wednesday.

He went on to state that anti-Iranian remarks by Saudi Arabia's foreign minister and US President Donald Trump were a "matter of disgrace".

Iran's foreign minister is rejecting US statements about the attacks on Iran's parliament and the tomb of its revolutionary leader.

"The Iranian people reject such US claims", Zarif said via Twitter. It was the first attack by the radical Sunni terror group in Iran, a majority Shiite nation.

They were later claimed by IS, the first the group has claimed inside Iran. Fifty people were wounded. IS has also claimed multiple attacks inside Saudi Arabia.

The text of the statement reads: "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".

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Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has penned a letter condoling with the survivors of the recent terror attacks, saying such crimes can not work to harm the Iranian nation's determination.

Meanwhile, a third attack was foiled by the police, Iran's Interior Minister confirmed.

Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards on Wednesday vowed revenge for twin attacks by the Islamic State group in Tehran, and said Washington and Riyadh were "involved".

"Last year, they returned to carry out terrorist attacks in the holy cities of Iran", the ministry added in a statement on state news agency IRNA.

However, Iranian security officials counter that it is their regional rival Saudi Arabia, a close United States ally, that is responsible for funding and spreading the extremism that underpins Daesh.

Separately, the deputy chief of the Guards' Intelligence Service, Mohammad Hossein Nejat, told the Fars news agency that the men who attacked the parliament building in Tehran were aged between 20 and 25.

The United States "knows that the Revolutionary Guard and its Quds Force are the most important regional forces fighting terrorists", he said.

Other reports by GizPress

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