Iran claims to have killed planner of Tehran terror attacks

Five people launched an attack Wednesday on Iran's Parliament building as well as a shine in honor of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, killing at least 17 people.

Alavi maintained that 42, 43 terrorists were identified and arrested following the June 7 terrorist attacks, saying some of them were in connection with the Tehran twin attacks and some of them were planning for terrorist acts in the future.

ISIL claimed responsibility for the suicide bombings and gun attacks.

Alavi also added that the safe house used by the five terrorists who carried out the attacks in Tehran was discovered by security forces and the brother of one the terrorists, who according to the minister was even more unsafe, was caught by the intelligence forces. Members of Iranian forces are seen during a terrorist attack on the Parliament in central Tehran, Iran, on June 7, 2017.

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

"The terrorist attacks indicated the terrorist groups have failed to achieve their main goal and targeted the parliament and Imam Khomeini Mausoleum, finally resorting to martyring the innocent people and the staff at the parliament", Larijani added.

The Majlis assault involving three gunmen lasted about five hours and left dozens of casualties, while the mausoleum attack took minutes and left several people dead and injured.

The parliament hosted a funeral ceremony for the victims in Tehran on Friday attended by the top brass.

Iran said its security forces on Saturday killed the mastermind of the attacks, and arrested seven people suspected of helping the militants. Yesterday, the head of the justice department in Kordestan province in western Iran announced six more arrests.

On Friday, Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said the attacks would only increase Tehran's hatred against the United States and its Saudi Arabian "stooges".

The terrorists first went by the auto to Imam Khomeini's Mausoleum and after dropping two of them, went to the city center to carry out the terrorist attack on the parliament, it added.

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