Published: Sat, June 17, 2017
World News | By Carolyn Briggs

Iran says it has killed mastermind of twin attacks

Iranian leaders have accused the United States and Saudi Arabia of supporting the attacks.

"This terrorist attack happened only a week after the meeting between the US president (Donald Trump) and the (Saudi) backward leaders who support terrorists". ISIS had claimed responsibility for the violence at the parliament and the mausoleum of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

"America's claim of fighting against Islamic state is a lie", Khamenei said in a meeting with high-ranking Iranian officials.

"The terrorists first went by auto to the mausoleum and after dropping two of them off, went to the city centre to attack parliament", the police said in a statement published on state media.

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister, Adel Al-Jubeir, has denied that Riyadh was involved in the attacks.

Earlier, Brigadier General Hossein Salami, IRGC deputy commander, said that Iran will "take revenge" for the attacks.

On Tehran's enmity with Washington, the Iranian leader said "Some of the problems with the U.S. are essentially unresolvable as the US's problem with us has nothing to do with nuclear energy or human rights, their problem is with the principle of the Islamic Republic".

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The suspected orchestrator of the attack, who has not been named, was tracked down by Iranian intelligence after he had fled the country amid the ongoing crackdown by government forces.

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said on Friday that terrorist attacks would only increase Tehran's hatred against the United States and its "stooges" such as Saudi Arabia.

As reported last week in the Iranian capital, two explosions - at the Parliament building and the mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini.

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.

"In this bill, filled entirely with the support of terrorism, they have imposed sanctions on Iran's missile technology, IRGC and the Quds Force".

The number of disrupted plots appears to be far greater in Iran, a Shiite-majority country loathed by the militant Sunni extremists of the Islamic State, which has aimed to hit Iran since at least 2007.

“Iran has just conducted quite successfully its presidential election.

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