Iran arrests more, kills mastermind behind Tehran attacks

World Sunday 11/June/2017 11:59 AM
By: Times News Service
Iran arrests more, kills mastermind behind Tehran attacks

London: Iranian authorities said on Sunday they have arrested six people involved in a twin attack on Tehran in which 17 people were killed last week.
"Six people who were certainly connected to Wednesday’s terrorist attacks in Tehran were identified and arrested," Aliakbar Garousi, head of the justice department in Kordestan province in western Iran was quoted as saying by the Fars news agency.
Iran said its security forces on Saturday killed the mastermind of the attacks, and arrested seven people suspected of helping the militants.
"The mastermind and main commander of terrorist attacks on the parliament and Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini was killed today by the security forces," intelligence minister Mahmoud Alavi was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency.
Alavi said that in the last month the intelligence ministry had identified and crushed "a terrorist team" almost every day but had not publicised it to avoiding spreading fear among the public.
IS has claimed responsibility for the suicide bombings and gun attacks on parliament and the mausoleum of the Republic's founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, on Wednesday.
Security was tightened around the country to prevent other possible plots.

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Iranian authorities have also arrested seven people it suspects of helping militants involved in attacks, a judiciary official said on Saturday.
Ahmad Fazelian, a provincial judiciary official, said the seven, suspected of "providing support for the terrorist team", were detained in Fardis, about 50 km (31 miles) west of Tehran, the judiciary's online news agency Mizan reported.
On Friday, authorities announced the arrests of 41 suspects in connection with the twin Tehran attacks.
Separately, the head of the judiciary in Fars province said seven people were detained in the southern Larestan area for possible ties to IS, Iran's ISNA news agency reported on Saturday.
Tehran police said the car the attackers used on Wednesday was discovered on Saturday in the city centre.
"The terrorists first went by car to the mausoleum and after dropping two of them off, went to the city centre to attack parliament," the police said in a statement published on state media.