June 7, 2017 The Islamic State or ISIS has claimed responsibility for the twin suicide bomber attacks in Tehran Wednesday, marking the first time the terrorist group has carried out an attack in Iran.
Reuters reported on Wednesday that terrorists carried out suicide bombings on the parliament and the Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini.
ISIS issued a formal statement on the Tehran attacks Wednesday via the SITE Intelligence Group website, which routinely serves as a conduit for the terrorist group.
Wednesday’s brutal attacks took Iranian Security Forces by surprise, killing at least 12 people and injuring 42 others. Iranian officials described the attacks as the worst in decades — and the first ever attack by ISIS on the country. Six attacker, 5 men and one woman armed with AK-47s and hand grenades wearing suicide vests, were also killed when explosive devices detonated. Five other suspects were reportedly detained.
According to the state-run IRNA news agency, the twin attacks prompted the Interior Ministry to call for an urgent security meeting. Officials urged people to avoid using public transportation until further notice.
SITE, which monitors ISIS and other terrorist organizations has been commended by the FBI the their contributions to counterterrorism investigations. In 2007, SITE was credited with finding the first videos of Osama bin Laden.
In a statement, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps blamed U.S. President Donald Trump‘s recent visit to the Middle East for the attack, saying he exalted and emboldened Saudi Arabia, Iran’s regional rival.
“The public opinion of the world, especially Iran, recognizes this terrorist attack — which took place a week after a joint meeting of the U.S. president and the head of one of the region’s backward governments, which constantly supports fundamentalist terrorists — as very significant”
Iranian-backed forces have been assisting Iraq and Syria forces battle the Islamic State. Iran and Saudi Arabia have accused each other of backing terrorists in the region.
Despite recent threats by ISIS against Iran, including a video in Persian calling on Iran’s Sunni minority to rise up, Iran’s elite Security Forces were unprepared for the boldest attacks carried out by ISIS during the month of Ramadan to date.
Historically, terrorists groups favor dates of significance such as anniversaries of other attacks and holidays such as Ramadan.
Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."