Iran leaders accuse US, Saudis of supporting Tehran attacks

by Abel Hampton June 13, 2017, 2:34
Iran leaders accuse US, Saudis of supporting Tehran attacks

The attacks in Tehran this week will only "reinforce hatred" for the United States and Saudi Arabia, Iran's supreme leader said on Friday at a funeral for those killed.

Iranian authorities have also arrested seven people it suspects of helping militants involved in attacks, a judiciary official said on Saturday.

The attacks injured more than 40 people.

IS claimed responsibility and threatened more attacks against Iran's majority Shia population.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has rejected Donald Trump's condolences for deadly attacks in Tehran, calling the USA president's words repugnant.

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

Mourners chanted "God is greatest" and some carried pictures of Mr Khamenei, captioned: "We are ready to sacrifice our blood for you".

During a massive funeral ceremony in Tehran following Friday prayers, thousands chanted "Down with the U.S." and "Death to Al-Saud", the Saudi royal family, while carrying coffins of victims.

The attacks came at a particularly charged time in the region, days after Riyadh and other Sunni Muslim powers cut ties with Qatar, accusing it of backing Teheran and militant groups.

On Thursday, Iranian authorities said the assailants were Iranian nationals and that they had arrested six suspects, including one woman, since the attack Wednesday in Tehran.

Announcing the retribution against the mastermind behind the attack, Alavi used another term for ISIS to say, "Our enemy is not Daesh, but rather Daesh is a tool in the hand of our foes", according to the Islamic Republic News Agency.

Five arrests have been made on June 8.

"Lots of documents and weaponry have been seized as well". Two Sunni militant groups, Jaish al-Adl and Jundallah, have been also waging an insurgency in Iran, mostly in remote areas, for nearly a decade.


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