Iran turns wrath on US, Saudi as attacks dead mourned

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the suicide bombings and gun attacks on parliament and the mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini - the Islamic Republic's founder - on Wednesday.

Dozens of suspected "agents" of the Islamic State group have been arrested following the deadly attacks in Tehran, Iran's intelligence ministry and a website close to the judiciary said on Friday.

Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi stated that the assailant was killed by Iranian intelligence forces but did not provide any further details about the individual or his death.

Iran's intelligence ministry said the five men who carried out the attacks were Iranians who joined IS in Iraq and Syria before returning last summer.

At least 13 people were killed in twin attacks on the government building and burial site of Iran's religious leader.

The minister said the terrorist had fled the country after the attacks claimed by the Islamic State (IS) but did not reveal his identity or the country where he was killed. The information added that in the raids were also confiscated "many documents and weapons" that were in the hands of the individuals to whom the authorities linked them with "Wahhabi cells", referring to the predominant Sunni Islamic conservative doctrine in Saudi Arabia.

The attack on the shrine of Khomeini is symbolically stunning.

But Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi said on Thursday that "we still can not judge that Saudi Arabia has had a role in this terrorist incident".

President Hassan Rouhani said "terrorism is a global problem, and unity to fight extremism, violence and terrorism with regional and worldwide cooperation is the most important need of today's world".

"Such crimes" which prove the "vice" and "humiliation" of their backers, organizers and perpetrators will not hurt "the Iranian people's determination", Ayatollah Khamenei said in the message. "God willing they will be eradicated".

The US "knows that the Revolutionary Guard and its Quds force are the most important regional forces fighting terrorists", Larijani said.

Before a funeral procession at parliament early Friday for guards killed there, Iran's supreme leader said the attacks will add to Iranians' hatred of the United States and Saudi Arabia.

ISIS, which adheres to a puritanical strain of Sunni Islam, considers Shias heretics and has carried out numerous attacks against Shia civilians, in Iraq in particular.

  • Leroy Wright