Iran leaders accuse US, Saudis of supporting Tehran attacks

Iranians, contacted by Reuters, said there was a heavy police presence, particularly in the capital's busy squares.

State TV also showed pictures of ammunition, rifles and binoculars laid out next to an Islamic State flag, all, it said, taken from the attackers.

Iran also said its security forces killed the mastermind of the attacks on Saturday. The IS media arm Aamaq released a video Thursday evening showing what it claimed was a message from the Tehran attackers. Saudi Arabia has said it was not involved.

The attacks yesterday at Tehran's parliament complex and the shrine of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini wounded more than 50 people and were the first claimed by IS in Iran.

Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard has accused regional rival Saudi Arabia of involvement in the attacks.

"It is not surprising either that the Saudi minister of foreign affairs had threatened Iran few hours before the attacks, saying that 'Iran must be punished, '" Khoshroo also noted. Saudi Arabia dismissed the accusation. Iranian forces are backing embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad while the Shiite power also is supporting militias fighting against the extremists in Iraq.

"Repugnant WH (White House) statement & Senate sanctions as Iranians counter terror backed by United States clients".

Authorities have raised the death toll in a pair of Islamic State-claimed attacks on Iran's parliament and the tomb of its revolutionary leader to 16 people killed.




The semi-official ISNA news agency on Thursday quotes Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi as saying the matter is under investigation and it is "too soon to say" if Saudi Arabia was involved.

The country's Supreme Leader said the attacks will add to the hatred that Iranians harbor toward the USA and Saudi Arabia.

The intelligence ministry, meanwhile, said Friday that 41 people suspected of being "agents of Daesh (IS)" had been arrested in the aftermath of Wednesday s attacks. We underscore that states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote.

The comments sparked anger from Iranians on social media, who recalled the vigils in Tehran that followed the September 11 attacks.

"Allah permitting, this is the first brigade that was established (in Iran) but it will not be the last", one said, as the group sat masked in a circle with their weapons.

"Iranian people reject such US claims of friendship", Zarif tweeted.

But Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi said "we still can not judge that Saudi Arabia has had a role in this terrorist incident".

Last August, the government announced it had executed a number of Kurdish Islamic extremists from a group known as Towhid and Jihad after convicting them of armed robbery, killing civilians and planning bomb attacks.

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