Iran says it has killed mastermind of twin attacks

Elias Hubbard
June 11, 2017

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

The attackers had entered Iran at some point past year, the ministry said without providing precise dates.

Iran's Intelligence Ministry has confirmed that five of the men involved in terror attacks in Iran had fought for the Islamic State group.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for Wednesday's attacks.

The comments sparked anger from Iranians on social media, who recalled the vigils in Tehran that followed the September 11 attacks. The four-minute video shows three masked men sitting on a floor holding automatic rifles.

In a speech at the ceremony, Larijani denounced USA sanctions against Iran over its ballistic missile programme. Iran is a majority-Shiite nation, and the Islamic State is a Sunni group that often targets Shiite Muslims. State TV broadcast the ceremony live.

He said anti-Iranian remarks by Saudi Arabia's foreign minister and U.S. President Donald Trump are a "matter of disgrace" for them. He also said the USA was grieving and praying for the victims of the attacks.

The Vatican on Friday sent a message of condolence for the victims of the attack.

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

As the funerals took place, Iranian authorities continued a widening crackdown.

The man identified by the Ministry of Intelligence, Serias Sadeghi, is a Kurdish Iranian from the city of Paveh in western Iran near the Iraqi border. The report called the detainees "elements of the Wahhabi IS group", and said they were involved in operations, communication and logistics for the local Islamic State cell.

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

The Lebanese militant group Hezbollah has condemned the twin extremist attacks in Tehran, describing them as part of an "international, destructive plan" backed by various regional governments.

Two teams of attackers armed with guns and explosives targeted the Parliament building and the mausoleum in apparently coordinated attacks that occurred within an hour of each other.

Meanwhile, Iran's interior ministry said Friday that a total of 41 suspects linked to the attacks have been arrested.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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