Iran calls Trump's reaction to ISIS attacks 'repugnant'

Perpetrators of the twin attacks in Tehran were recruited inside Iran by Islamic State (IS) and fought in both Iraq and Syria, the Iranian Intelligence Ministry said on Thursday.

The group has claimed the attack on Iran's parliament and another on the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on Wednesday, which killed at least two and wounded more than 30 people.

"The five known terrorists. after joining the Daesh (IS) terrorist group, left the country and participated in crimes carried out by this terrorist group in Mosul and Raqa", the defence ministry said in a statement.

It suggested that there were only five attackers rather than the six originally reported.

The ministry also published pictures of their corpses.

Abu Aisha was killed and the network forced to flee Iran, the statement said.

In an extremely worrying development, Isis has claimed Wednesday's attacks in Tehran. It spread to the heart of the Gulf this week as the Saudis led a drive to isolate Qatar, blaming their neighbour for ties with Iran and militant groups, and closing its land border.

The attacks in Tehran were the first that IS had claimed responsibility for in the Shiite Islamic republic. The Revolutionary Guards' statement after the attacks overtly connected them with Donald Trump's visit to the Middle East, during which the United States president met with his Saudi and Israeli counterparts and decried Iran for supposedly sponsoring terrorism and extremism - basically putting the country back in the George W. Bush-era "Axis of Evil" hall of shame.

Iran writes to the UN Security Council, reminding the world body that the recent Daesh terror attacks in Tehran came hot on the heels of Saudi Arabia's repeated threats against the Islamic Republic.

The ministry said the men traveled back to Iran under an ISIS leader's command. "Yesterday and today it was like [the people of the world were saying], 'You Iranian people are not important, '" she laments.

Iranians, contacted by Reuters, said there was a heavy police presence, particularly in the capital's busy squares. Trump has long accused Iran of backing "terrorism" and has threatened to tear up a 2015 nuclear deal between the Iranian government and major western powers.

Said Dr Tan: "On behalf of the people of Singapore, I convey my deepest condolences to the bereaved families and victims".

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard weighed Saudi Arabia of being behind Wednesday's attacks. Iran is a majority-Shiite nation, and the Islamic State is a Sunni group that often targets Shiite Muslims.

ISIS, a Sunni group, considers Shi'ite Iran to be apostates, and Teheran is deeply involved in fighting the group in both Syria and Iraq.

Iran's state broadcaster said a security guard was killed at the tomb and that one of the attackers was slain by security guards.

China condemns terrorist attacks in Tehran and firmly opposes all forms of terrorism, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said here on Thursday.

The public opinion in the world, specially the Iranian nation, sees this terrorist action that happened a week after the joint meeting of the U.S. president with the heads of one of the reactionary regional states that has constantly been supporting Takfiri terrorists as to be very meaningful, and believes that ISIL's acknowledging the responsibility indicates their complicity in this wild move.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei sought to play down the Tehran attacks, calling them mere "firecrackers" that would have no effect on "the will of the people".

  • Leroy Wright