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Iran Reveals 'Identities' of Tehran Attackers

A police helicopter flies around the mausoleum of ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Tehran, June 7, 2017

A statement published on the official site of Iran’s Intelligence Ministry on Thursday, revealed the identity of the culprits of Tehran terrorist attacks.

Pictures of bloodied bodies of the June 7 attackers on the Iranian parliament and ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini’s mausoleum are published on the site alongside their first names. According to the statement, “The [last] names of the attackers are not revealed due to some social and security considerations.”

Therefore, terrorists who were killed are merely identified by their first names as Qayyoum, Abu Jihad, Ramin, Fereidoun and Saryas.

Earlier, deputy secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council had emphasized that all the elements involved in the attacks were citizens of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

“The operational team that launched these attacks was composed of five terrorists who had criminal record[s] and were linked to Wahhabi and Takfiri [radical] groups. After being recruited by ISIS, they left Iran to join the group and carry out crimes in Mosul and Raqqa,” declared the Intelligence Ministry’s statement.

Iranian authorities use the term Takfiri for labeling extremist Sunni entities, such as ISIS and Al-Qaida, as well as some of the dissident Sunni groups inside Iran. As a rule, the term Wahhabi is also used by the Islamic Republic officials in their references to Iranian Sunni dissident groups suspected of ties to Saudi Arabia.

Wahhabism, for its part, refers to the dominant religious doctrine founded by Muhammad ibn Abd-al-Wahhab (1703-1792) in Saudi Arabia. Wahhabism, an ultraconservative Islamic doctrine, is the dominant theological school of thought in today’s Saudi Arabia.

“In August 2016, as part of a terrorist cell, and under the command of Abu Aisha, who was a senior ISIS commander, they entered Iran to carry out terrorist attacks in holy cities. But following the complete annihilation of the network…, Abu Aisha was killed and these terrorists fled the country,” Intelligence ministry maintained in its official statement.

Earlier, in Autumn 2016, Intelligence Minister, Mahmoud Alavi, reported that Iran’s security forces have identified and killed a high-ranking member of ISIS, Abu Aisha Kurdi, in a clash on the Iranian border. At the time, he did not elaborate on the exact place of the clash or more details.