Published: Thu, June 08, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Iran minister rejects Trump's reaction to attacks as 'repugnant'

Gunmen and suicide bombers, acting nearly simultaneously, attacked Iran's parliament and a shrine to the revolutionary leader Ayatollah Khomeini in the first attacks in the country claimed by the so-called Islamic State group.

The suicide bombings and shooting rampage that took place in Iran's Parliament and the iconic shrine devoted to the founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, left 12 dead and dozens injured.

A two person team, including one woman, launched a near simultaneous attack against Ayatollah Khomeini's enormous tomb complex in the south of the city.

Khamenei added that Iran, which is helping Syrian President Bashar al-Assad fight rebels including Islamic State fighters, had prevented worse attacks through its foreign policy.

Zarif was responding to President Trump's statement following the bombings that said, "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".

They said Iranian forces killed six of the attackers. Fars news agency issued a report saying that ISIS claimed responsibility for the terror attacks in Tehran.

Iran denounced Donald Trump's reaction to deadly Islamic State group attacks in Tehran as "repugnant" on Thursday after the U.S. president warned the nation is reaping what it sows.

"This terrorist attack happened only a week after the meeting between the USA president (Donald Trump) and the (Saudi) backward leaders who support terrorists".

Gunmen armed with Kalashnikovs entered Parliament yesterday morning.

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According to Iran's Intelligence Ministry, a third attack was foiled.

In exchange of Iran rolling back its nuclear program, the United States and other world powers agreed to suspend wide-ranging oil, trade and financial sanctions that had choked the Iranian economy.

BBC Persian's Jenny Norton says that despite Iran's active involvement in fighting IS in both Iraq and Syria, the Sunni group has not until now carried out any attacks inside Iran, and appears to have little support in this predominantly Shia country.

Some analysts fear Wednesday's terror attack in Tehran could prompt a harsh response by Iran, at home and perhaps even across the region. Iranian security officials have not said who they suspect is behind the attacks, though state media has referred to the attackers as "terrorists".

"Iran is an active and effective pillar in the fight against terrorists and they want to damage it", he said.

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard weighed Saudi Arabia of being behind Wednesday's attacks.

Iranian security forces were seen hiding behind bollards and running for shelter carrying guns.

Two of the attackers at the shrine, one of them a woman, blew themselves up, while another detonated a suicide vest on the fourth floor of the parliamentary office building. Already, tensions are high following a cut in ties this week between four Arab countries and Qatar over accusations it supports terrorist groups and is aligning itself too closely with Iran.

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