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

Tehran attacks mastermind killed: Iranian minister

Tehran attacks mastermind killed: Iranian minister

A police officer stands guard as vehicles drive in front of Iran's.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the suicide bombings and gun attacks on the Iranian parliament and the mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini on Wednesday that left 17 people dead and around 50 injured.

Ali Larijani, the speaker of Iran's parliament, also spoke out ahead of the funerals.

"The mastermind and main commander of the attacks on Parliament and the mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini was killed", Iran's Intelligence Minister Mahmud Alavi said in a televised programme on Saturday night.

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The attacks came at a particularly charged time in the region, days after Riyadh and other Sunni Muslim powers cut ties with Qatar, accusing it of backing Tehran and militant groups. The fact that the attackers are in all likelihood Iranian Kurds, Sunnis from inside the country, is a source of concern, one analyst said.

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Iranian security officials counter that it is their regional rival Saudi Arabia - a close United States ally - that is responsible for funding and spreading the extremism that underpins IS.

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani on Friday called the USA the "international" version of the Islamic State and accused Washington of exchanging democracy for money. State TV broadcast the ceremony live. "We underscore that states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote".

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According to Reuters, crowds chanted "Death to Saudi Arabia" along with the usual "Death to America" and anti-Israel statements as they marched in the funeral procession.

The victims were laid to rest on Friday.

The atrocities of ISIS in Tehran was condemned by Pope Francis who "laments this senseless and grave act of violence", and "assures the people of Iran of his prayers for peace".

Also, just hours before the deadly attacks in Tehran, the Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir had claimed that Iran was the world's leading supporter of terrorism and must be punished. Intelligence officials later stated that they thwarted a third attack.

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The intelligence ministry said the attacks were carried out by five Iranian men who had joined IS and travelled to their bastions in Iraq and Syria before returning home.

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