Iran claims to have killed planner of Tehran terror attacks

Iran claims to have killed planner of Tehran terror attacks

Iran claims to have killed planner of Tehran terror attacks

Iran says it has killed the alleged mastermind of twin attacks last week claimed by the Islamic State group.

On Saturday, intelligence minister Mahmoud Alavi said the alleged mastermind behind the attacks had been tracked down and killed outside the country.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the suicide bombings and gun attacks on parliament and the mausoleum of the Islamic Republic's founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, on Wednesday.

A senior commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said on Saturday that the readiness of Iran's security forces at the Parliament and Imam Khomeini's Mausoleum foiled Daesh terror attacks in the Iranian capital.

He added that the Iranian Armed Forces and intelligence and security bodies would give new unforgettable lessons to terrorists and their regional and extra-regional supporters at the suitable location and time in order to uproot the ominous phenomenon of terrorism in cooperation with other Muslim nations.

He also lashed out at US President Donald Trump's accusations during his recent visit to Saudi Arabia that Tehran was a sponsor of terrorism in the region, saying "It is really ridiculous for the US, standing next to the tribal and medieval Saudis, to talk about human rights in a place which has no notion of democracy, and to accuse Iran which is the emblem of democracy".

"The terrorists first went by auto to the mausoleum and after dropping two of them off, went to the city centre to attack parliament", the police said.

Police in Iran killed four Islamic State suspects, two of them foreigners, in the southern province of Hormuzgan and seized explosives, guns and the group's flag, an Iranian news agency said on Monday.

"The ministers should explain how terrorists managed to reach the capital and hit two sensitive targets".

In 1981, a bomb planted by an Iranian opposition group in Tehran killed 27 Iranian members of parliament and dozens of other officials. "We are not satisfied with the answers given so far", Asadullah Abbasi, a lawmaker was quoted as saying by judiciary's news agency, Mizan.

In Wednesday's attacks no member of the parliament was killed as the attackers were unable to reach the main building.

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