Death toll in Iran attacks rises to 12 as Iran blames Saudi Arabia

The death toll from the Islamic State’s first terrorist attacks inside Iran rose to 12 on Wednesday. Eleven of the victims died at the parliament building in the capital city, Tehran, and the other died in a simultaneous attack at the tomb of the Islamic republic’s revolutionary founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, on the outskirts of the city. “The Iranian nation is moving forward and advancing; even these firecrackers that were set off today will not impact our nation’s will; everyone must know this,” Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said on his official website. The attackers were armed with rifles and explosives, and used women’s disguises. ISIS, a Sunni Islamist extremist group, is fighting with allies of Shiite-dominated Iran in Syria and Iraq. Iran accused Saudi Arabia of orchestrating the attacks.

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