Tehran, June 8: Hitting back at Saudi Arabia and US hours later, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard blamed Riyadh for Wednesday morning’s twin attacks in Tehran that killed at least 12 people and left 40 others injured. Notably, ISIS immediately claimed responsibility for the attack on Iranian parliament and mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini.
Interestingly, Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia and Shia-majority Iran are staunch regional rivals. The Sunni Muslim terror group has regularly threatened Iran as it is Shia Muslim country. But Sunni-led Saudi Arabia has long been blamed for supporting militants who oppose Iran and its surrogates across the Middle East and Sunni terror groups around the world.
Iran's Revolutionary Guards on Wednesday accused Saudi Arabia and the US of being behind the attacks. After the attack, Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami, the deputy chief of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards in a statement said, “Let there be no doubt that we will take revenge for today’s attacks in Tehran, on terrorists, their affiliates, and their supporters.”
“This terrorist attack happened only a week after the meeting between the U.S. president and the Saudi leaders who support terrorists. The fact that Islamic State has claimed responsibility proves that they were involved in the brutal attack,” Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami added.
However, after the attack in an interview on state Television, Deputy chief of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, insideReza Seifollahi, said the attackers had joined IS from a number of reofIran. Iranian police said all the attackers were killed.
Meanwhile, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said these fireworks have no effect on Iran and they will soon be eliminated. Iran's emergency services said a total of 13 people were killed and 46 wounded in the twin attack.
At least 12 people were killed when six attackers mounted the simultaneous gun and suicide bomb assaults on Iran’s Parliament building and the tomb of the republic’s revolutionary founder, in one of the most audacious assaults to hit Tehran in decades which was claimed by ISIS. Police have arrested five suspects. Iran is a key fighting force against Daesh and other groups in Iraq and Syria.
The attack comes amid heightened tension in the Middle East, with Saudi Arabia and other Arab states cutting ties with Qatar over alleged support for Islamist militants and closer ties with Iran.