Iran Arrests 7 Accused of Aiding Deadly Tehran Attacks

Iran said its security forces on Saturday killed the mastermind of the attacks, and arrested seven people suspected of helping the militants.

Suicide bombings and gun attacks were carried out on Parliament and the mausoleum of Islamic Republic's founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

The Iranian security forces have killed the mastermind behind the two deadly terror attacks on the country's Parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Khomeini.

Acting in cooperation with "friendly foreign intelligence services", the Iranian team killed the suspect on Saturday, PressTV reported, citing the minister.

The Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attacks, which killed 17 people and wounded more than 40. "America's claim of fighting against Islamic State is a lie", Khamenei said during a meeting with government officials, in comments provided by Reuters from his official website.

Officials have reported the arrests of suspected ISIL members in and around Tehran, as well as in the country's centre, southern governorates, and western provinces near the Iraqi border. It called the detainees "elements of the Wahhabi ISIS group", and said they were involved in operations, communication and logistics for the local Islamic State group cell.

It said dozens of people have been detained.

This is especially concerning since American Senators described Iran as the main supporter of terrorism, and the recent Tehran attacks proved Iran is tasting its own medicine.

The Iranian lawmakers invited the intelligence minister, interior minister and also the deputy head of the Revolutionary Guards to the parliament to report on Sunday about the biggest security breach in the country in more than two decades.

"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", the statement said. The comments come just a day after Alavi said investigators were working to determine whether Riyadh had a hand in the attacks.

  • Leroy Wright