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'Repugnant': Iran slams Trump's condolences to Tehran attacks victims

The White House released a statement from Mr Trump condemning the terrorist attacks in Tehran and offering condolences, but also implying that Iran is itself a sponsor of terrorism. The siege lasted for hours, and one of the attackers blew himself up inside, according to Iran's state TV.

In a simultaneous attack to the south of Tehran, four attackers opened fire at a shrine dedicated to Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic republic, Fars reported.

The Latest on attacks in Iran's parliament building and the mausoleum of the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (all times local): 2:30 p.m. Iran's Intelligence Ministry has confirmed that five of the men involved in terror attacks in Iran had fought for the Islamic State group.

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister, Adel Al-Jubeir, rejected Tehran's accusations.

The American troops are using the garrison in Deir al-Zour province to train Syrian rebels in the fight against so-called Islamic State, so that they are able to fight back once the USA withdraws.

AP reported that Pakistan also condemned the attacks and said Islamabad stands in solidarity with the people of Iran after Wednesday's attacks. Iran also has been fiercely opposed to the militant group.

On Wednesday, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani downplayed the terrorist attack at parliament, saying it was a "minor issue".

Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, for its part, has accused Saudi Arabia and the US of being behind Wednesday's deadly attacks.

The attackers managed to get inside the building and engaged in a shootout with the security forces. The two attacks were the first launched by the group against Iran.

The ISIS terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

In an exceedingly rare occurrence, Iran was the target of a coordinated terror attack on Wednesday morning that left at least 12 dead and many more injured. Two of the victims were women, it added, citing official figures.

Furthermore, France's Foreign Ministry censured the deadly attacks in the Iranian capital.

"Let us tell the people of Iran that while we have serious disagreements with them on a number of issues, that today when they are mourning, when they are dealing with the shock of a terrorist attack, today is not the day to go forward with this piece of legislation", Sen.

The IS group often claims attacks around the world, even when links to the group can not be confirmed. Also, the tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia, already elevated by the break in diplomatic ties between the Arab Gulf states and Qatar, an Iranian ally, just escalated even more.

Trump had said he prayed for the victims of Wednesday's attacks that were claimed by Islamic State, but added that "states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote".

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the USA expressed condolences to the victims and their families.


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