Iranian police kills four ISIS suspects

Iranian police kills four ISIS suspects

Iranian police kills four ISIS suspects

Intelligence minister claims security forces have killed the mastermind behind Wednesday's deadly attacks in Tehran.

The attacks injured more than 40 people.

"Many documents and equipment for terrorist operations were also seized from the terrorists", the Intelligence Ministry added.

A major security operation is underway after 17 people were killed last Wednesday (June 7) in suicide bombings and gun attacks in Teheran, the first to be claimed by the hardline Sunni Islamist group inside Iran, a Shi'ite power.

One of the attackers on Iran's parliament complex blew himself up on the fourth floor, while under siege by security forces, state broadcaster IRIB reported.

Parliament speaker Ali Larijani also attacked the United States and Saudi Arabia, which he called "a tribal state very far from anything like a democracy".

It said the men had left Iran to fight for the extremist group in Mosul, Iraq, as well as Raqqa, Syria - the group's de facto capital.

After prayers, a procession was to leave Tehran University for the Behesht-e-Zahra cemetery, near the Khomeini mausoleum 13 kilometres (eight miles) south of the Iranian capital.

IS released a video overnight of the five attackers before the assault, via its Amaq propaganda agency.

That was condemned by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who tweeted: "Repugnant WH (White House) Iranians counter terror backed by United States clients".

Police, who said they were holding six suspects as part of their investigation into the attacks, also increased their patrols in the streets and subway stations of Tehran on Thursday.

Washington has imposed new sanctions on Tehran for its alleged support of "terrorist" groups in the Middle East, ballistic missile tests and human rights abuses.

Four armed assailants attacked parliament office buildings on Wednesday morning, while the shrine of revolutionary founder Ruhollah Khomeini was struck by a suicide bomber, state media reported.

"We grieve and pray for the innocent victims of the terrorist attacks in Iran, and for the Iranian people, who are going through such challenging times", the statement said.

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