Spate of arrests in Iran following terrorist attacks

Iran arrested another seven linked to the recent deadly terrorist attacks in the capital Tehran, local media reported on Saturday.

As the Tehran Times reports, "Iran has been helping the governments in neighboring Iraq and Syria in fight against Daesh, which considers Shiites to be apostates".

It said dozens of people have been detained.

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

"The mastermind and main commander of terrorist attacks on the parliament and Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini was killed today by the security forces", intelligence minister Mahmoud Alavi was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency.

The move comes a day after a pair of ISIS-claimed attacks on Iran's parliament and the tomb of its revolutionary leader killed at least 13 people and wounded over 40.

"Especially when we see the USA position and the Senate sanctions bill [the same day as the terrorist attacks on Tehran which killed 17 people], all their objectives are revealed", Larijani said, adding "the enemy's strategy is to damage Iran's dignity and busy our authorities with side issues".

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

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday called the USA the "source" of instability in the Middle East and said it was responsible for the creation of the Islamic State terror group.

He added that the large number of terrorist operations thwarted by Iran had pushed the terrorists into engaging in the Wednesday attacks.

The bodies of the victims - in coffins draped in national flags and covered with flowers - were then taken for a religious funeral procession near Revolution Square in central Tehran, where Friday Prayers take place. One of the two attackers to Imam Khomeini Mausoleum detonated his bomb-vest and the other was shot by security forces.

  • Leroy Wright