Tehran attackers IS recruits from Iran

Claudine Rigal
Juin 8, 2017

Women are seen inside the parliament during an attack in central Tehran, Iran, June 7, 2017.

Several senators had sought a delay in the vote until next week after the twin deadly attacks against Iran's parliament and the shrine of Iran's revolutionary leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini that killed at least 12 people.

For his part, Emanuel Macron expressed condolences to Iran over deaths in Tehran terrorist attacks, stressing that Paris is open to closer cooperation with Tehran in the war against terrorism.

The US state department condemned the attack, saying "the depravity of terrorism has no place in a peaceful civilised world".

One of the attackers later blew himself up inside, where a session had been in progress, according to a statement carried by Iran's state TV.

Iran and the USA don't maintain diplomatic relations and the Trump administration has emphasized the need to counter Iran's influence.

Sunni Saudi Arabia denied any involvement in the Tehran attacks, but the assault further fuels tensions between Riyadh and Tehran as they vie for control of the Gulf and influence in the wider Islamic world.

Lawmakers voted 92 to 7 to clear a procedural hurdle, setting up a later vote on final passage.

As president, he has maintained his criticism of Iran - during a visit to Israel last month Trump said Tehran now feels "emboldened" by the nuclear accord - but has not tampered with the agreement.

The same news agency added that one attacker had committed suicide by swallowing a cyanide pill, while a female terrorist had been captured by the authorities.

Jihadist groups have clashed frequently with Iranian security forces along the borders with Iraq and Afghanistan, but the country has largely escaped attacks within its urban centres. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said.

Last year, Iran's government said it thwarted "one of the biggest plots" by terror groups targeting Tehran and other major cities during the month of Ramadan.

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani called the attack a cowardly act.

A foreign office statement said: "We stand in solidarity with the people of Iran in their hour of grief".

Middle East analyst Dina Esfandiary says one possible effect will be increased calls by hardliners for tougher action against IS in Iraq and Syria.

However, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has downplayed the attack's significance, saying terrorists "fumbling with firecrackers" would not "affect the will of our nation".

Still, Iranian officials immediately placed the ultimate blame on Saudi Arabia.

Mizan Online, which is affiliated with the judiciary, attributed the toll from Wednesday's attacks to Pirhossein Kolivand, the head of Iran's emergency department.

Rouhani retained power with a landslide victory over candidates supported by the hardline clergy and the Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), the country's most powerful security force in charge of ensuring national security.

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