Tehran Attack Suspects Involved in ISIS Terrorist Actions in Syria

The Islamic State group later claimed responsibility for the attacks.

He also slammed the Wednesday terrorist attacks in Tehran as a cowardly action, stressing that such moves would only strengthen the Iranian nation's resolve in countering terrorism.

In the midst of the unfolding attacks, the intelligence ministry said a third team had been stopped before the attacks started, but no further details have since been given.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for suicide bombings and gun attacks in Tehran on Wednesday, that killed 17 people. 'She helped others, sent them to their missions after the start of the attacks, a member of the Iranian committee of national security of the parliament told Mehr news agency.

The ministry released their photographs and first names, and said they were part of a network that entered Iran in July-August 2016 under the leadership of "high-ranking Daesh commander" Abu Aisha intending to carry out "terrorist operations in religious cities".

Iranian women light candles in Mother Square in Tehran in 2001 in memory of victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted that Trump's statement was "repugnant".

But Javad Zarif said Iran "rejected such claims of friendship" and claimed the attackers from so-called Islamic State had been "backed by U.S. clients". Another 43 people were wounded in the attacks.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has strongly condemned the terror attacks in Iran as he stressed the need for all countries to work together in fighting terrorism.

Despite the attacks, Democrats and Republicans in the Senate pushed ahead on a new set of sanctions against Iran. The attack on parliament left him with shrapnel in his neck and a bullet lodged in his abdomen, his relative said.

Police patrol outside Iran's parliament building after an assault by several attackers that was claimed by the Islamic State group, in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, June 7, 2017. It spread to the heart of the Gulf this week as the Saudis led a drive to isolate Qatar, condemning their neighbor for its ties with Iran and accusing it of financing militant groups, a charge Qatar denies.

Iran blamed the Wednesday attacks on Saudi Arabia, though no link has been established.

"The terrorists were on the payroll of Saudi Arabia", he insisted.

Intelligence Minister Alavi said that the terror threats had intensified against the country in the last month and few days during they arrested groups of two, three or individuals every week. "The guards became suspicious of their bags and when they wanted to search them, shooting began and they killed the security guard", he said. One of the attackers reportedly blew himself up inside as police surrounded the building. The revered shrine was not damaged.

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