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Iran terror attacks: Islamic State claims responsibility for Tehran strikes that killed at least 12

Iran terror attacks: Islamic State claims responsibility for Tehran strikes that killed at least 12

Tehran: Islamic state claimed on Wednesday for a pair of striking attacks on the Iranian parliament and the tomb of the revolutionary leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, in which at least 12 people died and injured more than 40.

Tehran police chief Hossein Sajedinia announced Wednesday that five suspects were detained for questioning, according to a report from the semi-official ISNA news agency. Sajedinia did not offer other details.

Reza Seifollahi, an official with the country’s Supreme National Security Council, was quoted by Shargh newspaper as saying the perpetrators were Iranian citizens. He gave no further details.

The bloodbath shocked the country and came as the Sunni country warned – backed by US President Donald Trump – to harden its stance against Shiite Iran.

The police monitor the scene in Iran. The weapons control agents of the scene in Iran. AP
The White House issued a Trump statement condemning the terrorist attacks in Tehran and offering condolences but also implying that Iran itself is a sponsor of terrorism.

“We affligions and we pray for the innocent victims of the terrorist attacks in Iran and the Iranians through difficult times,” the statement said. “We emphasize that the states that sponsor terrorism risk are victims of the evil they favor.”

In recent years, Iran has been heavily involved in the conflicts in Syria and Iraq against the SI, but has remained outside the violence of the SI in the world. Iran has also fought against Sunni-backed Arab groups in the two countries.

The powerful Iranian Revolutionary Guards have indirectly accused Saudi Arabia of the attacks. A statement issued late Wednesday did not claim a direct Arab involvement, but called it “significant” that the attacks followed Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia, where he affirmed Washington’s strong support in Riyadh.

The statement said that Saudi Arabia “systematically supported” terrorists, including the Islamic State group, and added that the claim of responsibility for ES “reveals (Saudi Arabia) in this barbaric action.”

“Do not deviate innocent blood shed,” He said the statement from the Revolutionary Guards.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the country’s supreme leader, used the attacks to defend Tehran’s involvement in wars abroad. He told a group of students that if “Iran had not resisted,” he would have faced more problems.

“The Iranian nation will continue,” he added.

The violence began midmorning, when attackers with Kalashnikov rifles and explosives attacked the parliamentary complex in a legislative session was underway. The site lasted for hours, and one of the attackers blew himself up inside, according to Iran’s state television.

Images circulating in the Iranian media have shown that gunmen held guns near complex windows. One showed a child was transported through a window on the first floor to protect himself outside as an armed man looks.

The news agency “Aamaq” is released a supposedly 24-second video tour in the complex, which shows a body with blood and lifeless on the floor next to a desk.

An Associated Press reporter saw several police snipers on the roofs of neighboring buildings. Police helicopters surrounded the parliament and all the moving lines inside were disconnected.

The shops in the area were closed as the shots rang and officials urged people to avoid public transport. Witnesses said the attackers fired people on the streets on the fourth floor of the Parliament building.

Tehran police chief Hossein Sajedinia announced Wednesday that five suspects were detained for questioning, according to a report from the semi-official ISNA news agency. Sajedinia did not offer other details.

Reza Seifollahi, an official with the country’s Supreme National Security Council, was quoted by Shargh newspaper as saying the perpetrators were Iranian citizens. He gave no further details.

The bloodbath shocked the country and came as the Sunni country warned – backed by US President Donald Trump – to harden its stance against Shiite Iran.

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