Published: Tue, June 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Iran makes more arrests after Tehran attacks

Iran makes more arrests after Tehran attacks

The attacks on Tehran's parliament complex and the shrine of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini also wounded more than 50 people and were the first claimed by IS in Iran.

Suicide bombers and gunmen attacked the Iranian parliament and Ayatollah Khomeini's mausoleum in Tehran, killing at least 13 people.

"Police forces clashed with the four men and killed them in a mountainous area in southern Iran", the semi-official Tasnim news agency quoted a local police chief as saying.

Iranian leaders, meanwhile, accused the United States and Saudi Arabia of supporting the attacks, which killed 17 people in Tehran.

The ministry said that the gunmen had a record in "terrorism" with links to the Sunni extremist groups, who had then joined the ISIS group and fought alongside the ISIS militants in Mosul and Raqqa.

The Iranian Intelligence Ministry has announced that the mastermind behind the Tehran terrorist attacks has been killed.

The commander of a terrorist cell responsible for the twin Islamic State-claimed attacks in Tehran last Wednesday "was neutralized" Saturday in a joint operation involving security agents and "friends in fellow intelligence services". Iran is a majority-Shiite nation, and the Islamic State is a Sunni group that often targets Shiite Muslims.

Iranian authorities have arrested seven people it suspects of helping militants involved in this week's attacks in the capital Tehran, a judiciary official said on Saturday.

"Fortunately, the U.S. and its regional stooges showed their true colors more than ever and it was proved that those who support terrorism and perform sword dance are worldwide Daesh", Ayatollah Amoli Larijani said Monday at a meeting of high-ranking judiciary officials.

IS had carried out attacks in Saudi Arabia in the past, targeting the Kingdom's Shia population.

"An attack like this could provoke disproportionate counter-terror response in Iran".

Iranian authorities said five of the attackers were Iranian nationals recruited by IS, while Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guards Corps blamed the assault on regional rival Saudi Arabia and has threatened revenge.

Iran has indirectly suggested that Saudi Arabia, its major regional rival and a USA ally, played a role in the attack.

A video posted on the Islamic State media channel Aamaq News on Thursday shows a group of five men, with their leader dressed in black with his face covered by a mask, speaking in both Arabic and Kurdish, claiming responsibility for the attacks.

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