Iran leaders accuse US, Saudis of supporting Tehran attacks

Dozens of suspected "agents" of the Islamic State group were arrested following the deadly attacks in Tehran, Iran's intelligence ministry and a website close to the judiciary said Friday.

The seven people, arrested in Fardis town west of Tehran, provided the logistics for the Wednesday terrorist attacks in the capital, according to Ahmad Fazelian, head of Alborz Province's justice department.

On Wednesday, five suspects were detained in the mausoleum but no further information has been provided about them, reports Efe.

The Leader said the terrorist attacks are "clear examples of the vicious hostility of the mercenaries" of arrogant countries against the decent Iranian people and Imam Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic.

Iran says it has killed the alleged mastermind of twin attacks last week claimed by the Islamic State group. "America's claim of fighting against Islamic state is a lie", Khamenei said in a meeting with high-ranking Iranian officials. He concludes by threatening the royal family of Saudi Arabia and promises, "after Iran, it will be your turn".

The Interior Ministry in a statement increased the number of wounded to 52.

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Police said five people were arrested around Khomeini's shrine on suspicion of involvement, while the intelligence ministry said a third team had been stopped before the attacks started.

Publicly, the Iranian leadership has sought to cast blame for the attacks on its favorite targets: Saudi Arabia, the United States and Israel.

The bloodshed shocked the country and came as emboldened Sunni Arab states - backed by U.S. President Donald Trump - are hardening their stance against Shi'ite-ruled Iran.

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".

But Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi has said "we still can not judge that Saudi Arabia has had a role in this terrorist incident".

"Over 100 terrorist plots have been neutralized in Iran; this shows the skill of security, military and police forces that can identify terrorists with no specific features and signs", he stressed.

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