Iran kills mastermind behind Tehran attacks, arrests more

"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.

Iran's Supreme Leader said Friday that the Islamic State-claimed dual attacks that killed 17 people in Tehran this week will add to the hatred that Iranians harbor toward the US and Saudi Arabia.

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said the attacks will add to the hatred that Iranians harbor toward the US and Saudi Arabia.

The gunmen also warned Saudi Arabia that after Iran, they are next to be targeted.

Tehran police said the auto the attackers used for both attacks was discovered on Saturday in the city center.

He said the level of planned terror attacks has increased this year to an extent that they were arresting terror groups on a daily basis.

Tehran yesterday hit out at Washington and Riyadh as tens of thousands attended the funerals for those slain in the first attacks in Iran claimed by the Islamic State group. The Iranian Students' News Agency (IRNA) quoted a ministry statement that provided the identities of the attackers, who, the ministry said, had fought for Daesh in the Syrian city of Raqqah and the Iraqi city of Mosul.

The Intelligence Ministry said five men involved in the attacks were Iranians who joined IS in Iraq and Syria.

It described the suspects as "agents of Daesh", an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group, and said they included "operational teams".

Iran's Police Chief, Brigadier General Hossein Ashtari, cited the "good cooperation" of the Iranian people with police and other security forces as having been conducive to the identification and arrest of the terrorists.

Saudi Arabia security forces have been hit by terrorist attacks in the past as well as deadly bombings and shootings targeting Shi'ites in the Asian country in recent times.

The Intelligence Ministry said its forces stormed several "safe houses" linked to the group in the country's northwest, according to state television.

  • Leroy Wright