Iran leaders accuse US, Saudis of supporting attacks

Aaron Brown
June 11, 2017

Today, the Intelligence Ministry announced that it had detained 41 suspects in Tehran and the western Kurdish provinces.

Iranian authorities have arrested eight suspects for allegedly supporting the ISIS-claimed attacks on Iran's parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini that killed 17 people in Tehran, the state-run IRNA news agency reported tonight.

"The terrorists first went by the vehicle to the mausoleum and after dropping two of them, went to the city center to attack the parliament", the police said in a statement published on state media.

The Intelligence Ministry said on June 8 that five men involved in the attacks were Iranians who joined IS in Iraq and Syria. Daesh reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack. But on Friday he turned his wrath over the attacks on the United States and Saudi Arabia.

The Interior Ministry in a statement increased the number of wounded to 52. "Some terrorist cells also have been dismantled", it added.

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He called regional rival Saudi Arabia "a tribal state very far from anything like a democracy", and denounced U.S. sanctions against Iran over its ballistic missile programme.

In his post, Zarif also hinted at the lack of democracy in Saudi Arabia, saying the Al Saud's hatred towards this system of government has been the main reason they encouraged their mercenaries to attack the Iranian Parliament, which is among the country's most obvious symbols of democracy. The fact that the attackers are in all likelihood Iranian Kurds, Sunnis from inside the country, is a source of concern, one analyst said.

During the funeral, parliament Speaker Ali Larijani called the US the "international" version of the Islamic State and said Washington had exchanged democracy for money, a reference to a recent arms deal between the USA and Saudi Arabia.

The president said it is not the first time the nation witnesses such acts of terror, stressing that "people will find their own way to national goals and unity, and the nation will undoubtedly emerge victorious".

Three assailants entered the Majlis compound aiming to reach the parliament floor, but security personnel denied them entry and terrorists instead walked into an office building next to Majlis and started shooting blindly that left dozens of casualties.

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