Iran supreme leader: Attacks fuel hatred toward US, Saudis

Reuters

Reuters

Seven suspects have been arrested in Iran accused of supporting the dual attacks claimed by Islamic State that killed 17 people in Tehran, state TV is reporting.

As thousands of Iranians attended a funeral for the victims, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday's attacks would only increase hate for the US and Saudi governments, according to state media.

An Iranian journalist claimed on Twitter that a woman arrested by authorities was a mastermind behind the attacks.

Iranian leaders sought to play down the attacks, with supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei saying: "These firecrackers that happened today will not have the slightest effect on the will of the people".

But on Friday, he turned his wrath over the attacks on the United States and Saudi Arabia, Iran's fiercest rivals.

The two simultaneous terrorist attacks targeted the parliament in downtown Tehran and the mausoleum of Imam Khomeini in the south of the metropolis.

In the video, reported by U.S. jihadi monitoring service SITE Intelligence, five masked supporters of the group said that it would target Iran's Shia majority after which the Saudi government's turn "will come". Eventually, one of the attackers detonated his vest, while the remaining three were killed in a shoot-out with police officers.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also condemned as "repugnant" Trump's response to the twin terror attacks.

But Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi said "we still can not judge that Saudi Arabia has had a role in this terrorist incident". The Interior Ministry in a statement increased the number of wounded to 52, up from 40.

The event was attended by the heads of executive, legislative and judiciary branches of government, President Hassan Rouhani, Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani and Judiciary chief Sadeq Amoli-Larijani. Now Iranians are worrying about how many others are out there, planning similar assaults. Iran provides ground forces to fight Isis and other rebel groups in Syria and Iraq.

Four armed assailants attacked parliament office buildings on Wednesday morning, while the shrine of revolutionary founder Ruhollah Khomeini was struck by a suicide bomber, state media reported.

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