Trump condemns terrors attack in Iran

Pauline Gross
June 20, 2017

The attackers raided Iran's parliament and Ayatollah Khomeini's mausoleum on Wednesday morning, in a rare strike at the heart of the Islamic Republic. During the attack 17 people were martyred and more than 50 injured.

Iran's Intelligence Ministry said in a statement that five men involved in the attacks were Iranians who joined ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

Trump's comments brought criticism from Iranians on social media, 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.

The assaults have further fueled tension between Riyadh and Tehran as they vie for control of the Gulf and influence in the wider Islamic world. The Daesh terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Still, many Iranians say they're not feeling the sort of outpouring of support and sympathy that usually follows an ISIS assault.

Iran's state broadcaster said a security guard was killed at the tomb and that one of the attackers was slain by security guards.

But Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi has said "we still can not judge that Saudi Arabia has had a role in this terrorist incident".

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"Whenever the Iranian nation achieves a victory, ill-wishers seek to deliver a blow to the country and the people", Rouhani said.

Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi has said Iran identified several jihadists, where they meet and where they hide.

Larijani also criticised a Wednesday decision by the US Senate to move forward on a new set of sanctions against Iran, including its elite Revolutionary Guards, a move that came on the same day as the Tehran attacks. Iranian forces are backing embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad while the Shiite power also is supporting militias fighting against the extremists in Iraq. ISIS had claimed responsibility for the violence at the parliament and the mausoleum of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

"This terrorist act took place a week after a joint meeting between the USA president and head of a reactionary regional country [Saudi Arabia] which has been a constant supporter of terrorism". Iranians will not be intimidated by such attacks.

Trump had said he prayed for the victims of Wednesday's attacks that were claimed by Islamic State, but added that "states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote".

Ali Asghar Gorjizadeh, the commander of IRGC's Ansar-ol-Mahdi Corps, which is responsible for protection of senior Iranian officials, added that from the very first moments after the twin terrorist attacks, members of the Ansar-ol-Mahdi Corps took measures to encounter the terrorists.

Other reports by GizPress

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