Iran attackers fought for IS - ministry

It suggested that there were only five attackers rather than the six originally reported. "And not all of these young people who join extremist groups are necessarily religious people", said the official, who asked not to be named. The intelligence ministry underlined that the operations 'are still going beyond Iranian borders to persecute the commanders of those criminals affiliated with the arrogant powers and their regional allies'.

Abu Aisha was killed and the network forced to flee the country, the statement said. Over 40 people were wounded in the attack. The statement concludes: "We underscore that states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote".

That was condemned by Zarif, who tweeted: "Repugnant WH (White House) statement... as Iranians counter terror backed by USA clients".

IRGC Brigadier General Hossein Salami also vowed that Iran would "take revenge" for the attacks. You kick them while they're down.

Outspoken lawmaker Ali Motahari said on Twitter that the attacks should not put Iran on the opposite side of Arab countries. "What terrorist attacks in Iran can not be linked to America?"

During his recent trip to Saudi Arabia, Trump also called for a harder line against Iran advocating for the isolation of the country which he said had "fueled the fires of sectarian conflict and terror".

On Thursday, Iran's Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavai said investigators were working to determine whether Saudi Arabia had a role Wednesday's attacks but said it was too soon to say if that was the case.

The speaker claims to represent the "first battalion" of the Islamic State formed inside Iran.

3- As the proponents of the Takfiri ideology first and foremost despise democracy and election, it is quite expressive and significant that the Parliament was one of the targets of the terrorist attacks, occurring two weeks after vibrant and hard-fought presidential and local elections in Iran, in which 71 percent of the Iranian people took part. In September 2016, Saudi authorities uncovered three cells linked to ISIS, arresting a total of 17 people.

A senior official, who also asked not to be named, said the attacks would push Iran toward "a harsher regional policy".

The ISIS Takfiri terrorist group claimed responsibility for the near-simultaneous assaults.

"For these two actions to happen. after this meeting means that the USA and Saudi regimes had ordered their stooges to do this", said Mohammad Hossein Nejat, deputy head of the Revolutionary Guards intelligence branch, according to the Fars news agency.

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.

  • Leroy Wright