Iran FM says Trump reaction to attacks 'repugnant'

Thirteen people were killed and more than 40 wounded in the attacks on Tehran's parliament complex and the shrine of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on Wednesday, the first claimed by IS in Iran.

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

Soon after the assault on parliament, another bomber detonated a suicide vest near the shrine of the Republic's revered founder, Ayatollah Khomeini, a few kilometres south of the city.

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.

Iranian officials have released CCTV (closed circuit television) footage showing the very first moments of the terrorist attack on the Parliament building on June 7.

Attackers dressed as women burst through parliament's main entrance in central Tehran, deputy interior minister Mohammad Hossein Zolfaghari said, according to the semi-official Tasnim news agency.

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attacks. Attacks are highly rare in Tehran and other major Iranian cities, although a Sunni militant group named Jundallah and its splinter group, Ansar al Furqan, have been waging a deadly insurgency, mostly in more remote areas, for nearly a decade.

"This terrorist attack happened only a week after the meeting between the US president and the backward [Saudi] leaders who support terrorists", the Revolutionary Guard said, referencing a recent summit between Trump and Gulf leaders during his "global religions" tour to Italy, Israel and Saudi Arabia in May.

According to Iran's Intelligence Ministry, a third attack was foiled.

The Trump administration has taken a much harder line toward Iran than its predecessor, describing it as the top state sponsor of terrorism in the world and backing the view of allies Israel and Saudi Arabia that Iran is the chief threat to stability in the region.

"Iran, the predominant Shiite power, has been helping both Iraq and President Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria to battle IS".

Iranian security forces outside Parliament in Tehran. About a half-hour later, another group of attackers rushed the mausoleum of the Ayatollah Khomeini.

Others also drew a link to Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia, which Iran accuses of funding IS. Already, tensions are high following a cut in ties this week between four Arab countries and Qatar over accusations it supports terrorist groups and is aligning itself too closely with Iran.

"Iran is an active and effective pillar in the fight against terrorists and they want to damage it", he said.

  • Leroy Wright