Published: Mon, June 12, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Iran minister rejects Trump's condolences for attacks as "repugnant"

Iran minister rejects Trump's condolences for attacks as

The Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attacks, which killed 17 people and wounded more than 40.

Also, 52 people were injured in the terrorist attacks, the organization said.

Southern Iran is home to a Sunni minority and has seen previous clashes between security forces and Sunni insurgent groups.

It described them as "long affiliated with the Wahhabi", an ultraconservative form of Sunni Islam practiced in Saudi Arabia.

Two teams of attackers armed with guns and explosives targeted the Parliament building and the mausoleum in apparently coordinated attacks that occurred within an hour of each other.

The State Department has labeled Iran a state sponsor of terror since 1984.

It suggested there were only five attackers rather than the six originally reported.

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Commuters in the Iranian capital noticed police on street corners and motorcycles, more than usual as dawn broke. "Our country is the safest place in the region", a middle-age man told state TV.

The Intelligence Ministry said its forces stormed several "safe houses" linked to the group in the country's northwest, according to state television.

Suicide bombers and gunmen attacked the Iranian parliament and Ayatollah Khomeini's mausoleum in Tehran, killing no fewer than 13 people in an unprecedented assault that Iran's Revolutionary Guards blamed on regional rival Saudi Arabia.

US President Donald Trump's response to the terrorist attacks in Iran has been denounced by Tehran as "repugnant".

Iranians walk near a billboard bearing portraits of late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (R) and Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran on June 8, 2017 one day after twin attacks in the capital.

Strains between Iran and the USA have deepened since Trump took office in January, slapping new sanctions on the Islamic Republic over its ballistic missile program and ratcheting up the rhetoric against it. He referred to comments last month by Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who accused Tehran of wanting to "control the Muslim world" and said the conflict should happen "inside Iran, not in Saudi Arabia". Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted that Trump's statement was "repugnant". Zarif tweeted. "Iranian people reject such USA claims of friendship".

In a statement, the Revolutionary Guard said that Saudi Arabia was responsible for the actions carried out by the Sunni jihadist group and referenced the recent meeting between Trump and Gulf Arab leaders during which Saudi Arabia called for a tougher stance against Iran. The attackers started shooting visitors of the shrine.

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