Iran minister rejects Trump's reaction to attacks as 'repugnant'

Iran's Revolutionary Guard lashed out at the Saudis on Wednesday, claiming they were somehow responsible for the attack, which they also tried to tie to President Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia last month: "World public opinion, especially in Iran, sees the fact that this terrorist act was perpetrated soon after the meeting of the U.S. president with the heads of one of the reactionary regional states that has always supported ... terrorists as to be very meaningful".

All the four assailants that raided the parliament and the two that attacked the Khomeini Shrine were killed.

Fars reported that three attackers had opened fire on visitors at the shrine, while a fourth blew himself up outside a police station across from the site.

As the parliament attack unfolded, gunmen and suicide bombers also struck outside Khomeini's mausoleum on Tehran's southern outskirts.

On the streets of the capital Thursday, Iranians said they remained suspicious that Saudi Arabia had a hand in the attack.

The American troops are using the garrison in Deir al-Zour province to train Syrian rebels in the fight against so-called Islamic State, so that they are able to fight back once the USA withdraws.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the attacks would have "no effect" on the country.

Also, President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan on Thursday sent condolences to his Iranian counterpart following the "the horrific crime". It's Foreign Ministry said Wednesday's attacks were backed by various governments, without specifying.

These terrorists entered Iran in 2016 under command of Abu Ayeshe who is among Daesh top commanders.

Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, for its part, has accused Saudi Arabia and the USA of being behind Wednesday's deadly attacks.

Coverage of the attacks on state television was relatively low-key and stressed how quickly the security forces dealt with the attackers. The two attacks were the first launched by the group against Iran. "Iran is the major Shia power in the Muslim world, and there are big tensions between Iran and its Sunni neighbors - particularly Saudi Arabia", he told RT.

Mr Trump had said he prayed for the victims of yesterday's attacks that were claimed by the so-called Islamic State, but added that "states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote". For its part, Iran has cited Saudi Arabia's support for jihadists and its backing of hard-line Sunni fighters in Syria.

In the midst of the unfolding attacks, the intelligence ministry said a third team had been stopped before the attacks started, but no further details have since been given.

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

In an exceedingly rare occurrence, Iran was the target of a coordinated terror attack on Wednesday morning that left at least 12 dead and many more injured.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, Head of the High Peace Council Mohammad Karim Khalili and former president Hamid Karzai also expressed their deep grief over the deadly attacks, commiserating with the families of the victims.

  • Leroy Wright