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Trial begins in Iran over deadly attacks claimed by Daesh

April 29, 2018 at 12:52 pm

Police take security measures after gunmen opened fire at Iran’s parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Khomeini in the capital Tehran, Iran on June 7, 2017 [Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency]

A Revolutionary Court in Iran on Saturday began the trial of a group accused of involvement in attacks last year which killed 18 people in the first deadly operation by Daesh in the country.

Eight of the 26 suspects in the case attended the hearing, facing charges including belonging to a terrorist organisation, weapons smuggling and unauthorised entry to Iran, the Iranian judiciary’s news website Mizanonline reported.

Daesh, in decline in Iraq and Syria, claimed responsibility for the unprecedented attacks in majority Shia Iran, in which suicide bombers and gunmen attacked the parliament and Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s mausoleum in Tehran. The attackers were Kurdish Iranian Sunnis.

Iran has said that the five gunmen and suicide bombers who were killed had fought in the militants’ strongholds in Syria and Iraq.

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