Iran arrests seven suspects linked to Tehran attacks killing 17

Frederick Owens
June 11, 2017

More than 50 people were wounded in the morning attack on parliament, which was in session.

Islamic State (IS) has threatened attacks in Saudi Arabia after the militant group claimed responsibility for assaults in Tehran that killed at least 17 people, Site Intelligence monitoring group reported today.

Trump issued a statement after the attack offering condolences for the victims, while also taking a swipe at Iran.

In the video, reported by United States jihadi monitoring service SITE Intelligence, five masked supporters of the group said that it would target Iran's Shia majority after which the Saudi government's turn "will come".

IS has long vowed to attack Iran because the country had deployed military advisers and support to both Syria and Iraq in their fights against the extremist group.

In a separate statement on Thursday, the Intelligence Ministry identified the five perpetrators as Iranian nationals and released pictures of their bodies.

Six attackers died - including five men and a woman who blew herself up - and several were detained in connection with the attacks Wednesday at Iran's parliament and the tomb of Iran's revolutionary leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

"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".

However, there are indications that the attackers were Iranian, showing that ISIS has been somewhat successful in recruiting local forces, apparently from Iran's Sunni minority.

Iran's security forces have killed the alleged mastermind of Wednesday's terrorist attacks.

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Iran has slammed United States President Donald Trump's response to Wednesday's twin terror attacks in Tehran as "repugnant" even as the death toll from the ISIS-claimed assaults rose to 16.

In February, during the Munich Security Conference, Saudi Arabia joined Israel in calling for sanctions against Iran for its role in supporting the Syrian government.

During the funeral, parliament Speaker Ali Larijani called the USA the "international" version of the Islamic State and said Washington had exchanged democracy for money, a reference to a recent arms deal between the US and Saudi Arabia.

On the same day as the attacks, the US Senate voted to proceed with a bill that would impose new sanctions on the Islamic Republic because of Iran's "support for acts of global terrorism".

Saudi Arabia has been a target of numerous lethal attacks by IS affiliates who see the kingdom's Western-allied leadership as heretics.

We must not allow the seeming simplicity of the weapons-AK-47s, suicide vests, and hand grenades-to obscure the difficulty of mounting an attack like this in Iran's capital.

Iran initially said a dozen victims died; it's unclear whether the toll announced Thursday includes the five attackers.

The spot chosen by the terrorists to carry out their attack was highly symbolic.

A senior official, who also asked not to be named, said the attacks would push Iran toward "a harsher regional policy".

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