Mastermind behind Tehran twin attacks killed: Iranian Intelligence Ministry

Iranian security forces have killed the mastermind behind the June 7 twin attacks in Tehran which claimed the lives of 17 people, the media reported on Sunday.

Iran's foreign minister on Thursday rejected Donald Trump's condolences for deadly attacks in Tehran, calling the United States (US) president's words repugnant.

Authorities have raised the death toll in a pair of Islamic State-claimed attacks on Iran's parliament and the tomb of its revolutionary leader to 16 people killed.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility of the two attacks - a suicide bomb and gun assault.

People in the crowds, some crying, chanted "Death to Saudi Arabia" alongside the more customary "Death to America" and slogans against Israel, as they reached out to touch coffins wrapped in flags and covered in flowers.

Also Friday, Iranian officials continued a crackdown that followed the attacks.

Iran's intelligence ministry said on Thursday that five of the gunmen and bombers were Iranian members of Daesh who had fought in the militants' strongholds in Syria and Iraq.

Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi has said Iran identified several jihadists, where they meet and where they hide.

Iran has sent four cargo planes of food to Qatar and plans to provide 100 tons of fruit and vegetable daily, Iranian officials said, amid concerns of shortages after Qatar's biggest suppliers severed ties with the import-dependent country.

"Allah permitting, this is the first brigade that was established (in Iran) but it will not be the last", one of them said, as the group sat masked in a circle with their weapons.

We grieve and pray for the innocent victims of the terrorist attacks in Iran, and for the Iranian people, who are going through such challenging times.

State TV also showed pictures of ammunition, rifles and binoculars laid out next to an Islamic State flag, all, it said, taken from the attackers.

That drew fire from Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, who tweeted: "Repugnant WH (White House) Iranians counter terror backed by United States clients".

Hezbollah is seen as a proxy to Iran in Syria and Lebanon and has aligned itself with Tehran amid mounting regional tensions with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states.

IS militants regard Shia Muslims as apostates have made Tehran a target after its deep involvement in fighting the group in both Syria and Iraq.

  • Leroy Wright