UAE president offers condolences to Iran after deadly attacks


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.

According to the director of the Crisis Research Institute, Mark Almond, it is highly possible IS was, as it claims, behind the attacks in Iran as the group is interested in stirring up a Sunni-Shiite conflict. One of the men speaks in the sorani Kurdish dialect common among Kurds in northeastern Iraq and northwestern Iran. NPR's Michele Kelemen notes that the State Department condemned the attack and wrote that "the depravity of terrorism has no place in a peaceful, civilized world".

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said he did not know who was responsible for the attacks and said there was no evidence Saudi extremists were involved.

The Islamic State group (ISIS) militants who perpetrated two deadly gun and bomb attacks Wednesday in Tehran were Iranians who had joined the jihadis fighting in Iraq and Syria before returning a year ago, according to Iranian intelligence.

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Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards have pointed the finger at regional rival Saudi Arabia - a close USA ally - which Iran accuses of funding extremism and groups including IS.

"Such acts will have no other result than to reinforce hatred for the U.S. government and its agents in the region, like the Saudi (government)", Ayatollah Ali Khamenei wrote in a message of condolence to the families of the dead.

This the first attack conducted by ISIS in Iran, which is predominantly Shiite.

Police officers control the scene, around of shrine of late Iranian revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, after an assault of several attackers in Tehran, just outside Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, June 7, 2017.

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It is thought that the attackers may come from Sistan and Balochistan Province in south-east Iran, near the Afghan and Pakistani borders, where members of the Sunni militant group Jundullah are fighting the Revolutionary Guard.

Reacting to the message, Zarif said that "Iranian people reject such U.S. claims of friendship". "We underscore that states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote", the White House statement declared. Equipped with AK-47 assault rifles, handguns, grenades and suicide vests, the gunmen killed security guards and ordinary people before holding people hostage in the upper floors of the building. "Instead, we'll work so that the battle is for them in Iran", the prince said in an interview with an Arab channel. He concludes by threatening the royal family of Saudi Arabia and promises, "after Iran, it will be your turn". Iran also has been fiercely opposed to the militant group.

They were the first claimed by Daesh in Iran.

Iran's intelligence ministry said earlier on Thursday it had arrested more suspects linked to the attacks, in addition to six Iranians, including one woman, detained on Wednesday.

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