0842 GMT January 23, 2019
Ashtari appreciated good cooperation between people, the police and security forces to identify the terrorists, IRNA reported.
Meanwhile, Ahmad Fazelian, the prosecutor general of Alborz Province, west of Tehran, said that eight of the logistical agents of the Wednesday Tehran attacks were detained in the province.
Fazelian added that seven of the terrorist logistic agents were arrested in Fardis and one in Kianmehr.
The official said that the detained terrorists are under interrogation. The Daesh terror group claimed responsibility for the attacks at Iran’s Parliament and Imam Khomeini’s Mausoleum that killed 17 people and wounded over 50 others. All the five assailants involved were subsequently killed by Iranian security forces.
On Thursday, the Intelligence Ministry announced that the assailants were Iranian nationals who had participated in the terrorist activities of Daesh in the Iraqi city of Mosul and the Syrian city of Raqqa.
Iranian intelligence and security forces have stepped up their activities following the attacks, identifying and arresting other suspects and foiling terrorist plots.
The Intelligence Ministry said in a statement on Friday that 41 elements of the Wahhabi Daesh terrorist group had been identified and arrested before they could manage to conduct any act of terror. During the operation to arrest the terrorists, large amounts of weapons, bomb-making materials, explosive belts, communication equipment, and forged documents had also been found, it added.
On Friday, Iranians held a massive funeral ceremony for the victims of the terrorist incidents.
The twin attacks drew international condemnations.
Pope Francis, the head of the Roman Catholic Church, slammed the bloodshed, offering condolences to those affected by the assaults.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state, said in a telegram sent to Iran on Friday that the Pope was sending “heartfelt condolences to all those affected by the barbaric attack in Tehran” and lamented the “senseless and grave act of violence.”
The pope “commends the souls of the deceased to the mercy of the Almighty” and “assures the people of Iran of his prayers for peace,” the telegram read.