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Five Tehran attackers had fought for IS, says Iran

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ISIS claimed the attacks on Wednesday, also publishing a video hat it claimed was from the parliament building.

The statement released the names of terrorists as Abu Jahad, Ghayom, Fereidoun, Saryas and Ramin but to some social and security considerations their family names will not be revealed, APA reported citing IRNA.

The ministry also published pictures of their corpses.

Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, meanwhile, has accused Saudi Arabia and the USA of standing behind Wednesday's deadly attacks.

In an earlier statement, a local security official had said that the perpetrators of both attacks were Iranian nationals.

Iran's Embassy in Azerbaijan has released a statement on the terrorist attacks committed in Tehran on Wednesday.

President Donald Trump is suggesting that Iran shares some of the blame for twin attacks by extremists on its parliament and a shrine, insisting that those who sponsor terrorism "risk falling victim to the evil they promote".

"Rightly or wrongly, the perception inside Iran is going to be that Saudi Arabia is behind the attack", said Handjani.

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Foreign Minister Javad Zarif also pointed a finger at Riyadh, though he did not call the country by name Wednesday night.

But Zarif said his people were rejecting "US claims of friendship".

Deputy Interior Minister Mohammad Hossein Zolfaghari told Iran's state TV that the apparently male attackers were wearing women's attire.

The "fingerprints of Saudi Arabia are visible when it comes to backing terrorists in Syria and Iraq", he said in a report published by the Iranian Students News Agency. It was not clear when the five men returned to Iran ahead of Wednesday's attacks.

Despite the attacks, Democrats and Republicans in the Senate pushed ahead on a new set of sanctions against Iran.

Intelligence Minister Alavi said that the terror threats had intensified against the country in the last month and few days during they arrested groups of two, three or individuals every week. He told a group of students that if "Iran had not resisted", it would have faced even more troubles.

In the other attack at the shrine of Imam Khomeini, one suicide bomber blew himself up while the second one was killed in a gunfight. The attack on parliament left him with shrapnel in his neck and a bullet lodged in his abdomen, his relative said. Khomeini led the 1979 Islamic Revolution that toppled the Western-backed shah to become Iran's first supreme leader until his death in 1989.

Police Thursday said they held a half dozen suspects in connection with the attacks.

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