Iran: Trump's reaction to deadly attacks is 'repugnant'

Cheryl Sanders
June 10, 2017

Iran's intelligence ministry said on Thursday five of attackers who died in the assault had been identified as Iranians who had joined the hardline militants of Islamic State on their main battlegrounds in Iraq and Syria.

Undaunted, officials say Iran will step up the strategy, which includes sending fighters to battle Islamic State in Syria and Iraq alongside allied Shi'ite militia groups.

"These people were cooperating with the IS in Syria and Iraq, and following the recent losses of the IS in both countries, they returned", Xinhua news agency quoted Seifollahi as saying.

A boy is evacuated during an attack on the Iranian parliament in central Tehran, Iran, June 7, 2017.

The attacks, which struck two of the country's most symbolic landmarks, were carried out by five armed men, including suicide bombers who blew themselves up. Fifty-two others were injured in the attacks, according to the Interior Ministry. Scores of people were wounded. At least 17 people died.

Thousands have turned out to mourn the victims of the Tehran attacks, shouting "Death to Saudi Arabia" and "Death to America".

The attack came as emboldened Sunni Arab states - backed by US President Donald Trump - are hardening their stance against Shiite-ruled Iran.

In Wednesday's strikes, the assailants targeted guards, cleaners, and employees of the administrative and finance sections, but could not get near the Parliament chamber itself, The Tehran Times editor Mohammad Ali Saki told the New York Times in a phone interview.

Following the twin attacks, the White House issued a brief statement that offered sympathy and criticism while accusing Iran of supporting terror.

Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards have pointed the finger at regional rival Saudi Arabia-a close U.S. ally-which Iran accuses of funding extremism and groups including IS.

Police, meanwhile, said they were holding six suspects on Thursday as part of their investigation into the attacks.

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani slammed Washington for its recent move to impose new sanctions against Iran following twin terrorist attacks in Tehran, claimed by the "Islamic State" (aka IS, ISIS, ISIL, Daesh) terror group, saying the U.S. government "is supporting the terrorists".

Such acts will inevitably result in "more hatred" toward the USA government and its stooges such as the Saudi regime, the Leader remarked. The information added that in the raids were also confiscated "many documents and weapons" that were in the hands of the individuals to whom the authorities linked them with "Wahhabi cells", referring to the predominant Sunni Islamic conservative doctrine in Saudi Arabia. Foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called the White House comments "repugnant" and accused the United States of supporting terror.

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