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Accusations Fly After Attacks on Tehran

08 Juin 2017

Ali Akbar, 34, had survived other attacks that killed fellow bodyguards while traveling with former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad overseas, according to a relative who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak.

The Kremlin also condemned the attacks. A security siren and gunfire are heard as men yell in Arabic. But the other one killed several hostages: "Women, staff of the parliamentary offices".

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

At roughly the same time, two assailants entered the grounds of the Khomeini mausoleum, killing a gardener and wounding several other people. The deputy interior minister, Mohammad Hossein Zolfaghari, said male attackers disguised themselves in women's clothing.

"We are focused on intelligence"-gathering, he said".

At least 13 people died and dozens were injured in gun and bomb attacks at the Iranian parliament and Ayatollah Khomeini's shrine in Tehran on Wednesday. Reza Seifollahi, a member of the country's Supreme National Security Council, was quoted by Iranian media saying the attackers were Iranian nationals.

The Islamic State group claimed the Tehran attacks; no link has emerged of Saudi Arabia's involvement. ISIS was quick to claim responsibility for the dual bombings of two symbolic locations in the heart of Tehran, making it the first Islamic State attack in the majority-Shiite Islamic Republic since the group emerged in 2014.

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The five attackers were Iranian citizens who had joined IS before returning to Iran in summer 2016, the Iranian Intelligence Ministry confirmed on Thursday.

Javad Zarif, who is on a visit to Turkey, also criticized a vote by the U.S. Senate soon after the attack to extend sanctions on Iran in a tweet.

Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard Corps issued a statement vowing to avenge the attack and described as "very meaningful" that it happened just a week after President Trump met with the "heads of one of the reactionary regional states that has constantly been supporting Takfiri terrorists".

Trump said "states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote".

Heightened tensions were likely to aim of Daesh who was quick to take credit for the attack and released video footage of the gunmen's assault on parliament suggesting that the attacks were centrally planned. "Iranian people reject such U.S. claims of friendship", Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted Thursday.

The attack appears to be inflaming the enmity between the countries.

Emirati Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash told The Associated Press on Wednesday that "the Iranian government should not use the attack in a very polarized situation against Saudi Arabia or claim that Saudi Arabia is somehow linked to the attack, because it isn't".