49 held, king­pin killed after Iran strikes

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IRAN has ar­rested al­most 50 peo­ple over a twin at­tack on Tehran that killed 17 peo­ple last week, of­fi­cials said, as se­cu­rity forces stepped up ef­forts to crack down on sus­pected mil­i­tants.

Is­lamic State claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the sui­cide bomb­ings and gun at­tacks on par­lia­ment and the mau­soleum of the Is­lamic Repub­lic’s founder, Ay­a­tol­lah Ruhol­lah Khome­ini, on Wed­nes­day last week.

Iran’s in­tel­li­gence min­is­ter Mah­moud Alavi said 43 sus­pects had been ar­rested and op­er­a­tions to iden­tify and crush more “ter­ror­ists cells” were un­der way.

Yes­ter­day, the head of the jus­tice de­part­ment in Kordestan prov­ince in west­ern Iran an­nounced more ar­rests. “Six peo­ple con­nected to Wed­nes­day’s ter­ror­ist at­tacks in Tehran were iden­ti­fied and ar­rested,” Ali­ak­bar Garousi said.

Iran also said its se­cu­rity forces killed the mas­ter­mind of the at­tacks on Satur­day. He “was based in the bor­der re­gions, but after the at­tacks left the coun­try”, Alavi said.

Five of the gun­men and bombers were Ira­nian mem­bers of IS. The at­tacks were the first claimed by Sunni IS in­side Shia Iran. Reuters

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