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Iran calls Trump's reaction to ISIS attacks 'repugnant'

Five of the men who launched an attack in the heart of Iran's capital previously fought for Islamic State, the country's intelligence ministry has said.

They entered Iran a year ago under the command of Abu Aisha al-Kurdi, a ringleader of the ISIS terrorist group to carry out terror attacks in Iran's religious cities, according to the ministry. It identified them only by their first names, saying it did not want to release their last names due to security and privacy concerns for their families.

The Intelligence Ministry on Thursday released a statement detailing information on the five terrorists and "affiliated nuclei", whose full identities it said had been determined after intelligence work by the Ministry, Presstv reported.

The text of the statement reads: "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".

In addition to the killed, one woman was arrested on Wednesday, who was said to lead the cell.

The six attackers "were Iranian and joined Daesh (IS) from some parts of Iran", said Reza Seifollahi, deputy secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, on state TV late Wednesday.

The Revolutionary Guard Corps vowed to take revenge for the attacks, and said that there is a definitive link to the visit of U.S. President Donald Trump to Saudi Arabia in May, CNN reported.

Foreign Minister Javad Zarif also pointed a finger at Riyadh, though he did not call the country by name Wednesday night.

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Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said Iran "rejected such claims of friendship" and redirected accusations toward the USA, claiming the attackers had been "backed by U.S. clients".

Other members of the public accused Saudi Arabia and Iran's long-time foe, the United States, of backing the attacks.

Iran is one of the powers leading the fight against IS militants in neighbouring Iraq and, beyond that, Syria.

Iranians will likely "view this as an attempt to test and weaken Iran, to show that they are vulnerable inside their borders", Handjani said. Four gunmen attacked the building of the Iranian parliament in the morning.

The Islamic State group claimed the Tehran attacks; no link has emerged of Saudi Arabia's involvement. Iran also has been fiercely opposed to the militant group. They never named the country directly, but the implication was clear.

Iran blamed the Wednesday attacks on Saudi Arabia, casting them in the context of a broader regional conflict that encompasses the war inside Syria.

Iran's hint that it may hold Saudi Arabia responsible for the violence in Tehran risked an escalation of the feud that's divided the oil-rich Gulf region into increasingly hostile camps. He did not elaborate.



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