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Iran Investigating Saudi Role In Attacks

Crowds gathered on the streets of the Iranian capital to shout slogans against the US, Saudi Arabia, and Israel on Friday, while reaching out to touch coffins wrapped in flags and covered in flowers.

Documents and equipment "for carrying out terrorist operations" were also seized, the ministry said in a statement.

"The terrorists were on the payroll of Saudi Arabia", he insisted.

In another tweet, Zarif, the foreign minister, referred to the parliament as "the seat of democracy" which was attacked by the proxies of "terror-sponsoring despots".

Five of the attackers had left Iran to fight for the Islamic State in Mosul and Raqqa, Iran's Intelligence Ministry said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said that as the Iran legislation moves forward, lawmakers will have an opportunity to offer amendments that would authorize new sanctions on Russian Federation. The Interior Ministry in a statement increased the number of wounded to 52, up from 40.

"We are focused on intelligence"-gathering, he said".

In a message on Friday, Imam Khamenei said the attacks that led to the martyrdom and injury of several Iranians in the holy fasting month of Ramadan is a clear sign of animosity of arrogant mercenaries towards the dignified Iranian people, the Islamic Revolution as well as the late founder of Islamic Revolution Imam Khomeini. IS militants are fighting Iranian-backed forces in Syria and Iraq, and they view Shiites as apostates. Alavi, however, did accuse Saudi Arabia of supporting terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria. Your turn will come"-threatened the masked fighters of ISIS in a video which might have been recorded before the Tehran attack". It continued, "We underscore that states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote". Pictures on social media showed how people, including children, fled through the windows of the parliament building. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a tweet on Thursday called the White House comments "repugnant" and accused the USA of supporting terror. In July previous year, the U.S. Treasury Department added three senior Al Qaeda members to the U.S. government's list of designated terrorists.

Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards have pointed the finger at regional rival Saudi Arabia - a close U.S. ally - which Tehran accuses of funding extremism and groups including IS. Saudi Arabia is the stronghold of Sunni Islam, and has used its petro-dollars over the past few decades to spread its version of Islam under the Wahhabi ideology, which is in stark contrast to Iran's Shiite influence.

He said anti-Iranian remarks by Saudi Arabia's foreign minister and President Trump are a "matter of disgrace" for them.

The "spilled blood of the innocent will not remain unavenged", the Revolutionary Guard statement said.

Tehran police said the vehicle the attackers used on Wednesday was discovered on Saturday in the city centre. Now Iranians are worrying about how many others are out there, planning similar assaults.

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. It is a contrary result for Saudis, since they had justified their moves against Qatar in part by faulting it for dealing with Iran at all. They withheld the family names.

Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had initially played down the attacks, describing them as "firecrackers" that "will not have the slightest effect on the will of the people".

Another Islamic State militant featured in the video said, "We will conquer Iran and restore it to the Sunni Muslim nation as it was before".

The combination of the attack in Tehran with the split among the gulf monarchies "is another layer of fissure and confrontation in the region", said Randa Slim, a veteran of informal diplomacy in the region and a scholar at the Middle East Institute, in Washington.

The violence began in midmorning when assailants with Kalashnikov rifles and explosives stormed the parliament complex where a legislative session had been in progress. "He went to the third floor where the hostage takers had dozens hostages and he started shooting at one of the terrorists who was a tall, broad-shouldered (man) dressed in black and gunned him down".

The attackers raided Iran's parliament and Ayatollah Khomeini's mausoleum on Wednesday morning.

Iran's state broadcaster said a security guard was killed at the tomb and that one of the attackers was slain by security guards.