Iran leaders accuse US, Saudis of supporting Tehran attacks

Elias Hubbard
June 9, 2017

Newly released photos show gunmen storming Iran's parliament during terror attacks in the country's capital that killed 17 people and wounded more than 40 Wednesday morning.

Iran's Intelligence Ministry also identified five extremists who attacked the Parliament and the mausoleum of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on Wednesday and confirmed that they had fought for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, according to the state-run IRNA news agency. "Some terrorist cells also have been dismantled".

Iranian leaders on Friday accused the United States and Saudi Arabia of supporting the Islamic State-claimed dual attacks that killed 17 people in Tehran this week, as thousands of Iranians attended a funeral ceremony for the victims. When war broke out in Syria in 2011, the U.S., Turkey and some Gulf Arab states supported various insurgents opposed to Iran-backed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

In a condolence message ahead of a funeral for the victims, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the attack: "will not damage the Iranian nation's determination and the obvious result is nothing except an increase in hate for the governments of the United States and their stooges in the region like Saudi (Arabia)", state media reported.

After prayers, a procession will leave Tehran University for the Behesht-e-Zahra cemetery, near the Khomeini mausoleum 13 kilometres (eight miles) south of the Iranian capital.

"The five known terrorists. after joining the Daesh (IS) terrorist group, left the country and participated in crimes carried out by this terrorist group in Mosul and Raqa", the defence ministry said in a statement.

Two militant groups, Jaish al-Adl and Jundallah, have been also waging an insurgency in Iran, mostly in remote areas, for nearly a decade.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks. Two of the victims were women, it added, citing official figures.

Security camera footage aired on state TV showed people running and seeking cover as the gunmen strode through parliament's halls, firing their weapons and hitting at least one person. "Classy", tweeted Ali Ghezelbash, an Iranian business analyst.

"It feels safe to see police everywhere".

"We have seen worse than this". Iranians will not be intimidated by such attacks.

The attacks have been claimed by Islamic State but Iranian hardliners believe that Saudi Arabia was behind the attacks, Omid Nouripour, the foreign affairs spokesman for the German Green Party, told German broadcaster RBB.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif condemned Trump's statement, calling it "repugnant" and accusing the USA of supporting ISIS.

Foreign minister Javad Zarif rejects statement by USA president that Iran fell victim "to the evil they promote".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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