Hezbollah condemns Iran terror attack as death toll rises to 16

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09 June, 2017

Iran's intelligence ministry said on Thursday five of the detained suspects linked to the attacks in Tehran participated in Islamic State terrorist activity in Syria's Raqqa and Iraq's Mosul, state TV reported.

Islamic State claimed responsibility and released a video purporting to show gunmen inside the parliament building and one man, who appeared wounded, on the floor.

The attacks were claimed by Islamic state (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), said Amaq news agency, which is affiliated with the terrorists.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the attack was "unjustifiable" and called for the world to work together in order to combat global terrorism.

"We underscore that states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote", read the statement.

That statement of solidarity with the victims was notable because of the deep distrust between the USA and Iran.

Iran's foreign minister has branded condolences sent by the White House over recent Tehran attacks as "repugnant".

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He added that the "Iranian people reject such USA claims of friendship".

Hezbollah is seen as an Iranian proxy in Syria and Lebanon and has aligned itself with Tehran amid mounting regional tensions with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states.

Despite these remarks, Iranian backed forces are fighting alongside the US-led coalition against Daesh in Iraq.

"They five arrested terrorists were Iranians". Four gunmen attacked the building of the Iranian parliament on Wednesday morning.

The Saudi prince, Mohammed bin Salman, who is also the defense minister, accused Iran in May of seeking to occupy the Islamic holy sites in Saudi Arabia. He told a group of students that if "Iran had not resisted", it would have faced even more troubles. This would not be a hard thing for most people to understand, but I suppose it shouldn't be surprising that Trump and his advisers can't summon up much empathy for innocent people from a country they are determined to loathe. "The guards became suspicious of their bags and when they wanted to search them, shooting began and they killed the security guard", he said. Then, part of them returned and committed yesterday's attacks.

The website of independent Shargh daily quoted Reza Seifollahi, an official in the country's Supreme National Security Council, as saying the attackers were from Iran.

Three assailants, one with a pistol and two with AK-47 assault rifles, carried out the attack in central Tehran, lawmaker Elias Hazrati told state television. He did not elaborate.


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