Thousands Gather In Tehran To Mourn Victims Of Attacks
Iran has sent a letter to the UN implicitly blaming Saudi Arabia and the United States for terror attacks on Parliament and the Imam Khomeini Shrine in Tehran, which left 17 dead and scores of injured.
The semi-official ISNA news agency on Thursday quotes Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi as saying the matter is under investigation and it is “too soon to say” if Saudi Arabia was involved.
“Death to America”, “Death to the Saud” ruling family, and “We are not afraid”, shouted the crowd gathered behind a lorry bearing the coffins of 15 of the 17 people killed in Wednesday’s attacks.
Security camera footage aired on state TV showed people running and seeking cover as the gunmen strode through parliament’s halls, firing their weapons and hitting at least one person.
Iranian authorities said five of the attackers were Iranian nationals recruited by IS, while Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards Corps blamed the assault on regional rival Saudi Arabia and has threatened revenge.
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”.
An Iranian news report says that Tehran is investigating the potential role of Saudi Arabia in Wednesday’s deadly dual militant attacks in Tehran.
Iranians mourn during the funeral of the victims of the attacks on Tehran’s parliament complex and the shrine of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, in the capital Tehran on June 9, 2017. The threats of bringing the war inside Iran were realized today by the attacks that ISIS claimed responsibility for in the Iranian capital, which hosted the resistance. The ministry said the men had fought for IS in Mosul, Iraq, and Raqqa, Syria, before returning to Iran last August.
This could indicate a strategic shift by ISIS to attack Iranian political and religious targets in a violation of an al-Qaeda demand that Tehran be kept away from the unrest.
Parliament operation ended by security forces who killed the terrorists. Khomeini led the 1979 Islamic Revolution that toppled the Western-backed shah to become Iran’s first supreme leader until his death in 1989.
Saudi and Iranian leaders accuse each other of sponsoring militant groups.
“The people are both angry and concerned because we are the only country in the region that had remained safe from the vicious acts of terrorism”, he said, noting officials disrupted several terrorist networks a year ago.