Tehran attackers were ISIS recruits: official

2017-06-08 14:27
Members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. (File, AFP)

Members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. (File, AFP)

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Tehran - The attackers who stormed Tehran's parliament complex and the revolutionary leader's shrine on Wednesday were Iranian nationals who had joined the Islamic State group (ISIS), a top official said.

The six attackers "were Iranian and joined Daesh (ISIS) from some parts of Iran," said Reza Seifollahi, deputy secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council.

It was the first attack in Iran claimed by ISIS, which had threatened to step up its campaign in the country in recent months.

Iran is a key fighting force against ISIS and other groups in Iraq and Syria and the Sunni jihadists consider Iran's Shi'ite Muslims to be apostates.

Shi'ites make up roughly 90% of Iran's population, but the country also has a sizeable Sunni minority, particularly around its restive borders with Iraq and Pakistan.

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