Mastermind behind Tehran attacks killed

Claudine Rigal
Juin 12, 2017

The Iranian Intelligence Ministry has announced that the mastermind behind the Tehran terrorist attacks has been killed.

Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi stated that the assailant was killed by Iranian intelligence forces but did not provide any further details about the individual or his death.

At least 17 people were killed and over 50 others injured in Tehran on Wednesday when gunmen mounted nearly simultaneous assaults on Iran's Parliament and the Mausoleum of the late Founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini. He added that the arrested terrorists had given up a lot of valuable information.

The attacks were the first claimed by Islamic State inside tightly controlled Shi'ite Iran, one of the powers leading the fight against the Sunni militants in the region.

According to Iranian authorities, the arrests were made as security forces stepped up efforts to clamp down on suspected terrorists.

He added that the large number of terrorist operations thwarted by Iran had pushed the terrorists into engaging in the Wednesday attacks.

Some experts say that the Daesh terrorists had originally planned to attack the main chamber of the Iranian Parliament.

On Thursday, the Iranian Intelligence Ministry released the names of the five terrorists who were killed after carrying out the deadly attacks in Tehran.

On Wednesday morning, terrorists launched simultaneous attacks on Iran's parliament building in downtown Tehran and on the mausoleum of Imam Khomeini, south of the city.

Iranian lawmakers said the intelligence minister had assured them that "all Islamic state elements have been eliminated" in the country.

Alavi said that in the last month the intelligence ministry had identified and crushed "a terrorist team" nearly every day but had not publicised it to avoiding spreading fear among the public.

Meanwhile, Tehran police said the auto used by the terrorists for the twin attacks was discovered on Saturday in central Tehran.

Separately, the head of the judiciary in Fars province said seven people were detained in the southern Larestan area for possible ties to Islamic State, Iran's ISNA news agency reported on Saturday.

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said on Friday that terrorist attacks would only increase Tehran's hatred against the U.S. and its "stooges" such as Saudi Arabia.

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