Iran: Mastermind behind Tehran attacks killed

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) vowed revenge for the attacks at parliament and Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's mausoleum.

"The terrorists were affiliated to the Wahabi and Takfiri groups who joined the Daesh terrorist group overseas and were red handed in the crimes of the terrorist group in Mosul, Iraq and Raqqah in Syria", Commander of the Law Enforcement Force Brigadier General Hossein Ashtari said. He also accused Washington of exchanging democracy for money, referencing a massive arms deal recently agreed between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.

But on Friday, he turned his wrath over the attacks on the United States and Saudi Arabia, Iran's fiercest rivals.

Larijani criticized a step by the US Senate to proceed with a new set of sanctions against Iran, including its elite Revolutionary Guards. Security officials had found explosives in his hideout and claimed that his group had designated 50 locations inside Tehran for attacks. Some Iranian social media users shared the pictures of Seryas Sadeghi, one of the individuals who blew himself up in the attacks.

Iranian security officials counter that it is their regional rival Saudi Arabia - a close USA ally - that is responsible for funding and spreading the extremism that underpins IS.

President Hassan Rouhani, who attended the funeral, said that the attack had targeted peace and democracy, but did not blame foreign powers like the Ayatollah.

The Isis terror group claimed responsibility for what it is thought to be the first attack linked to the militants in Iran.

Seventeen people were killed last week in a terror attack claimed by IS in Tehran.

On Friday, the USA embassy in Saudi Arabia issued a security notice to US citizens recommending that they "exercise caution in places frequented by foreigners due to the continuing risk of terrorist attacks. across the Kingdom".

Today, the Intelligence Ministry announced that it had detained 41 suspects in Tehran and the western Kurdish provinces.

Iranian authorities have arrested seven people it suspects of helping militants involved in this week's attacks in the capital Tehran, a judiciary official said on Saturday. "Lots of documents and weaponry have been seized as well". In July 2016, Abu Ayesha was killed in a shootout with Iranian authorities.

In two near-simultaneous terrorist attacks on the administrative building of the Majlis in central Tehran and the shrine of Imam Khomeini in southern Tehran on Wednesday 17 people were killed and dozens more injured. At least 17 people died.

  • Zachary Reyes