After it was reported that ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks in which 12 people were murdered in Tehran earlier today, Iran is pointing an accusing finger at Saudi Arabia. According to a senior Iranian official, the fact that ISIS claimed responsibility indicates that Saudi Arabia was involved.
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A few hours after the twin strikes in Tehran on Wednesday, in which 12 people were killed, Iran is pointing an accusing finger at Saudi Arabia: According to the deputy commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Saudi Arabia, not ISIS, was behind the attack, though ISIS released a statement claiming responsibility for the attack.
“The attack took place only a week after the meeting between US President Trump and the Saudi leaders who support the terrorists and the fact that ISIS claimed responsibility proves that they were involved in the brutal attack,” an official statement in the Iranian media said. The accusations come during heightened tensions between the two countries after Saudi Arabia severed ties with Qatar on the grounds that it supports terrorism alongside Iran.
Scene from the attack in Tehran, today Photo Credit: Tasnim News Agency/ Channel 2 News
“Let there be no doubt, we will avenge the terrorists and their supporters for the attack today,” said Brigadier General Hossein Salami. He added that “it has been proven in the past that we avenge all innocent blood spilled in Iran.”
In the attack, which included simultaneous suicide bombings and shootings in the parliament and the Khomeini Shrine in the capital, 12 people were killed and 39 were wounded. The Iranian Interior Ministry said the assailants came to the parliament dressed as women and entered through the main gate. Upon entering the building, they opened fire in all directions, killing several people and taking hostages.
In another near-simultaneous attack, ISIS gunmen attacked the tomb of the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini in southern Tehran. According to reports, a suicide bomber blew herself up, killing several people. These attacks mark ISIS’ first major operation on Iranian soil.