Iran says IS-claimed attacks killed 16

08 Juin, 2017, 18:38 | Author: Claudine Rigal
  • Iran says IS-claimed attacks killed 16

The semi-official Tasnim news agency later reported the siege had ended with four of the attackers killed. "They are too small to affect the will of the Iranian nation and its officials", he said.

We stand with the Iranian people in this hard time.

He said that one of the attackers at the shrine had been "neutralized", in addition to the suicide bomber, and that the attackers at parliament have been surrounded. But no proof or specifics were offered.

The attacks on Iran's parliament and the venerated shrine of the Islamic Republic's founder shocked the country and was claimed by the Islamic State - an avowed enemy of both Iran and the United States. IS has also claimed multiple attacks inside Saudi Arabia.

Our condolences to families of the victims of terrorist attacks in #Tehran.

"Based on reports, 12 people have been killed and 42 other injured in these two incidents", the statement noted.

The attackers were holding a number of hostages inside the highly-fortified parliament building, Press TV reported, as Iranian officials scrambled to establish who was behind the attacks or whether they were coordinated.

Charlie Winter, a senior research fellow at King's College London, said the attacks could provoke a disproportionate counterterrorism response in Iran. He did not elaborate.

One attacker detonated a suicide vest, one was killed by security forces and others were arrested, the governor of Tehran said. Over 40 people were wounded in the attack.

Police officers run to take position around Iran's parliament building after an assault of several attackers, in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, June 7, 2017.

Armed militants, some apparently dressed as women and equipped with suicide vests, stormed the Parliament building in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday morning around 10:30 a.m.

Iran, an ally of Syria's Bashar al Assad, backs Shia militia that are waging war on IS militants in both Iraq and Syria.

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A ministry statement issued Thursday said 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 intelligence ministry said there had been a third "terrorist" team that was neutralised before the attacks started.

Attacks of this kind are rare in Iran, particularly in the capital Tehran.

Jihadist groups have clashed frequently with Iranian security forces along the borders with Iraq and Afghanistan, but the country has largely escaped attacks within its urban centres. Trump then mentioned Iran's financing of terrorism.

He did not explicitly blame any country but the tweet appeared to refer to comments made by Saudi Arabia's deputy crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman al-Saud, in May, saying that Riyadh would bring "the battle" for regional influence to Iran. Police helicopters circled the parliament and all mobile phone lines from inside were disconnected.

Iran blamed the Wednesday attacks on Saudi Arabia, though no link has been established.

The IS group often claims attacks around the world, even when links to the group can not be confirmed. That ideology, as expounded by Khomeini, gives the supreme leader custodianship over the people.

One man, recovering in a hospital bed, told state TV he was waiting to meet an MP when the shooting began.

The White House released a statement from Trump condemning the terrorist attacks in Tehran and offering condolences, but also implying that Iran is itself a sponsor of terrorism.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a tweet on Thursday called the White House comments "repugnant" and accused the US of supporting terror.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir, speaking in Berlin, said he did not know who was responsible for the attacks and said there was no evidence Saudi extremists were involved. No casualties had happened in the attack.

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