Published: Mon, June 12, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Iran rejects 'repugnant' White House condolences for Tehran attack

Iranian authorities have said assailants were Iranian nationals, adding they have arrested six suspects, including one woman, since the attack Wednesday in Tehran.

Five of the attackers died and, Reuters reports, more than half a dozen suspects have been arrested in connection with the assault - the first major attack Iran has experienced in years.

The men had left Iran to fight for the extremist group in Mosul, Iraq, as well as Raqqa, Syria - the group's de facto capital, the ministry said.

The ministry also published pictures of their corpses.

"This terrorist attack is indicative of the hostility of terrorists and Takfiri extremists [against Iran] emboldened by support from certain reactionary states in the region, as well as some Western countries, especially the USA".

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The contest for regional dominance between Shiite Iran and Saudi Arabia, the Middle East's main Sunni power, spread to the heart of the Gulf this week as the Saudis led a drive to isolate Qatar, condemning their neighbor for its ties with Iran and accusing it of financing militant groups, a charge Qatar denies.

A statement, as reported by Financial Times, from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) linked the attacks to U.S. President Donald Trump's visit last month to Saudi Arabia where he spoke of isolating Iran for fueling "the fires of sectarian conflict and terror".

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Iranians march during the funeral for the victims of twin terrorist attacks on the Parliament building and the Mausoleum of the late Founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini, in the capital, Tehran, on June 9, 2017.

State television reported the increase Thursday, citing Ahmad Shojaei, the head of the country's forensic center.

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Even as Washington expressed its condolences on Wednesday, the US Senate advanced legislation that would impose new sanctions on Iran, partly for what the bill described as the Iranian regime's "support for acts of worldwide terrorism".

Iran on Sunday said that it has killed the alleged mastermind of twin attacks last week claimed by the Islamic State group.

Meanwhile, President Trump's statement on the attack has prompted criticism in Iran.

"We underscore that states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote". He also said the US was grieving and praying for the victims of the attacks.

That was condemned by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who tweeted: "Repugnant WH (White House) Iranians counter terror backed by United States clients".

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