Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Iran arrests seven Tehran attack suspects

Iran arrests seven Tehran attack suspects

Crowds gathered on the streets of the Iranian capital to shout slogans against the US, Saudi Arabia, and Israel on Friday, while reaching out to touch coffins wrapped in flags and covered in flowers.

The world's leading state sponsor of terrorism got a taste of its own medicine on June 7, when twin terror attacks struck prominent Iranian institutions.

But the new occupant in the White House, Donald Trump, has taken a much more hostile and harder stance toward Iran compared to his predecessors.

Iran said in addition to dozens of detained suspects, all the ISIS attackers had been killed.

On Wednesday, two terrorist attacks, one on executive building of Iran's Parliament and the other on the mausoleum of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Revolution, left 17 dead and 56 injured.

Saudi Arabia has denied responsibility for the attacks.

According to a statement released Thursday by the Interior Ministry, the dual attacks involving five gunmen armed with rifles and pistols started around 10:30 a.m. local time.

Officials have reported the arrests of suspected ISIL members in and around Tehran, as well as in the country's centre, southern governorates, and western provinces near the Iraqi border.

Undaunted, officials say Iran will step up the strategy, which includes sending fighters to battle Islamic State in Syria and Iraq alongside allied Shi'ite militia groups.

"The five were known terrorists..." It described the suspects as "agents of Daesh", an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group, and said they included "operational teams".

The US "knows that the Revolutionary Guard and its Qods Force are the most important regional forces fighting terrorists", he said during a speech at the ceremony in which he also denounced US sanctions over its ballistic missile programme.

Mourners gathered outside the parliament complex Friday to watch the funeral procession.

Sending a tough message to Tehran shortly after pragmatist Hassan Rouhani was re-elected president, Trump urged Arab leaders to unite to defeat militants, and said Iran had for decades "fueled the fires of sectarian conflict and terrors".

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