Iran lawmakers briefed on Tehran attacks

Iranian security forces have killed the mastermind behind the June 7 twin attacks in Tehran which claimed the lives of 17 people, the media reported on Sunday.

Iranian leaders have accused the United States and Saudi Arabia of supporting the attacks.

Iranian Minister of Intelligence Mahmoud Alavi said over the weekend that “the terrorist had fled the country following the ensuing security operations after the attack, but was killed with the cooperation of friendly foreign intelligence services“, according to the Iranian Students’ News Agency. Saudi Arabia dismissed the accusation.

The Sunni Muslim militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attacks on the Shi’ite Muslim state.

“We grieve and pray for the innocent victims of the terrorist attacks in Iran, and for the Iranian people, who are going through such challenging times”, the president’s statement read. Iranian state TV said the Intelligence Ministry had detained 41 suspects in Tehran and the western Kurdish provinces of the country.

The attackers raided Iran’s parliament and Ayatollah Khomeini’s mausoleum on Wednesday morning, in a rare strike at the heart of the Islamic Republic.

Iranian leaders sought to play down the attacks, with supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei saying: “These firecrackers that happened today will not have the slightest effect on the will of the people”.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he was praying for the victims, but added that “states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote”.

Iran denounced Donald Trump’s reaction to the attacks as “repugnant” after the USA president said the nation was reaping what it sowed. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a tweet on Thursday called the White House comments “repugnant” and accused the US of supporting terror. He uses the Arabic term “rafithi” to refer to Iranians, a word used by fanatic Sunnis to describe those who have abandoned Islam. However, it stopped short of directly blaming the kingdom for the attack, though many in the country expressed suspicion Iran’s regional rival had a hand in the attack. He concludes by threatening the royal family of Saudi Arabia and promises, “after Iran, it will be your turn”. One of the attackers reportedly blew himself up inside as police surrounded the building.

Tehran’s stock exchange fell almost 2 percent Thursday after the attacks.