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Iran attackers had been in Iraq, Syria for Daesh
June 09, 2017
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Tehran: Iran said Thursday that the five Iranians who killed 17 people in twin attacks in Tehran were Daesh group members who had been to its strongholds in Iraq and Syria.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif hits back, meanwhile, at US President Donald Trump over what he called a “repugnant” statement that Iran was reaping what it sowed.

Wednesday’s attacks on Tehran’s parliament complex and the shrine of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, which also wounded more than 50 people, were the first claimed by Daesh in Iran.

“The five known terrorists... after joining the Daesh terrorist group, left the country and participated in crimes carried out by this terrorist group in Mosul and Raqa,” the intelligence ministry said in a statement.

It suggested there were only five attackers rather than the six originally reported.

An official said previously that those who attacked the parliament complex had been dressed as women.

The ministry released their photographs and first names.

It 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”.

Abu Aisha was killed and the network forced to flee the country, the statement said. It was unclear when the five men returned to Iran ahead of Wednesday’s attacks.

 - ‘The evil they promote’ - In a statement, Trump said the United States would “grieve and pray” for the victims, but added: “We underscore that states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote.” That was condemned by Zarif, who tweeted: “Repugnant WH (White House) statement... as Iranians counter terror backed by US clients.” Trump was also criticised on social media by Iranians, who recalled their government’s offers of support and the candlelight vigils held in Iran after the attacks of September 11, 2001 in the United States.

“Iranians lit candles for you on 9/11. You kick them while they’re down. Classy,” tweeted Ali Ghezelbash, an Iranian business analyst.

The US president has long accused Iran of backing terrorism and has threatened to tear up a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and major powers.

Agence France-Presse
 

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