Iran arrests 7 suspects linked to Tehran attacks

Cheryl Sanders
June 10, 2017

Iran's leadership on Friday accused the United States and Saudi Arabia of supporting the attacks on Tehran that killed 17 people this week.

People in the crowd chanted "Death to Saudi Arabia" alongside the more customary "Death to America" and slogans against Israel, as they reached out to touch coffins wrapped in flags and covered in flowers.

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. He also accused Washington of exchanging democracy for money, referencing a massive arms deal recently agreed between the USA and Saudi Arabia.

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani on Friday called the U.S. the "international" version of the Islamic State and accused Washington of exchanging democracy for money. The US decision was confirmed on the same day as the Tehran attacks.

"This terrorist act took place a week after a joint meeting between the USA president and head of a reactionary regional country [Saudi Arabia] which has been a constant supporter of terrorism".

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

The seven people, arrested in Fardis town west of Tehran, provided the logistics for the Wednesday terrorist attacks in the capital, according to Ahmad Fazelian, head of Alborz Province's justice department.

Finally White House officials published a statement condemning the attacks on its website, but in the last sentence seemed to say that Iran had itself to blame.

Also on Friday, Iranian state TV said the Intelligence Ministry had detained 41 suspects in Tehran and the western Kurdish provinces of the country.

"Lots of documents and weaponry have been seized as well", it added.

The attackers targeted two symbolically significant places: the Parliament building and the mausoleum of the Islamic Republic's founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini-not to be confused with the country's current Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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