Iran Minister Calls Trump's Condolences For Attacks 'Repugnant'
Iran Minister Calls Trump's Condolences For Attacks 'Repugnant'
09 Giugno, 2017, 00:07
Iran said earlier Thursday that the five Iranians who carried out the killings had spent time in IS strongholds in Iraq and Syria. It said they returned to Iran in August under the command of an IS leader and escaped when authorities initially broke up their extremist cell.
An Iranian state-run news website says 12 people were killed and 42 wounded in attacks on the country's parliament and the shrine of its revolutionary leader. Iranian proxy militias in Iraq and Syria, to varying extents, have been locked in battles with the Islamic State and other extremist outfits. When war broke out in Syria in 2011, the U.S., Turkey and some Gulf Arab states supported various insurgents opposed to Iran-backed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
A motorcycle repairman reads a newspaper at his shop near Iran's parliament building in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, May 8, 2017, a day after a pair of stunning Islamic State-claimed attacks on Iran's parliament and the tomb of its.
The terrorist group, founded in Salafi jihadi ideology, has declared Shia Muslims heretics and targeted them in years of terror attacks and massacres across Iraq and Syria in what the USA said amounts to genocide.
Mizan Online, which is affiliated with the judiciary, attributed the toll from Wednesday's attacks to Pirhossein Kolivand, the head of Iran's emergency department.
Iran's Revolutionary Guards accused Riyadh and Washington of being "involved" in Wednesday's attacks, drawing a link to Trump's recent visit to Saudi Arabia.
The distrust of Iran was evident on Wednesday when shortly after the condemnation, Republicans and Democrats in the Senate acted in a procedural vote to move forward on a new set of sanctions on Tehran, including its elite Revolutionary Guards.
Foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called the White House comments "repugnant" and accused the United States of supporting terror. One terrorist committed suicide by blowing himself up.
Wednesday's attack "adds to cross-Gulf tensions that already had been elevated by the Trump trip - in which anti-Iranism was a principal theme - and by the Iran angle in the actions taken against Qatar", said Paul Pillar, a professor at Georgetown University in Washington and former Central Intelligence Agency officer.
Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, for its part, has accused Saudi Arabia and the USA of being behind Wednesday's deadly attacks. "We underscore that states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote", he said in a brief statement.
"We still can not judge that Saudi Arabia has had a role in this terrorist incident", he added.
The Islamic State group claimed the attacks, marking the first time it has taken responsibility for an assault in Iran. "They have been angry about Iran's power in the region".
Reports from Kargil said the leaders strongly condemned terror attack.
He said the men spoke Arabic in the video released by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militant group from inside the building. "The guards became suspicious of their bags and when they wanted to search them, shooting began and they killed the security guard", he said.
In November 2015, 130 people were killed by gun-and-bomb attacks on several Paris locations, including the Bataclan concert hall. Seconds earlier, the unnamed attacker had swung his hammer at a police officer guarding the site, landing a blow.
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