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Opposition raises doubts as Iran arrests 80 Sunnis after Tehran attacks

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Iranian media reported that security and intelligence services arrested in recent days nearly 80 Sunni citizens in various provinces on charges of having links with ISIS.

The arrest come after the recent attacks on the Iranian parliament and the Khomeini shrine last Wednesday which left 17 dead and 50 wounded.

Iran’s opposition is still disputing the official regime's theory that ISIS did in fact target sensitive and symbolic centers like the parliament and the shrine of Khomeini. Opposition figures believe that the Revolutionary Guards' intelligence apparatuses colluded with members of ISIS, most of whom are known to the intelligence services and were former detainees because of their membership in the extremist organization and before when they belonged to al-Qaeda, especially since Tehran provided shelter to many of its leaders.

In this context, an article by Iranian writer Heshmat Alavi on Forbes dealt with the repercussions of the bloody attacks and said that there were many questions and doubts about the nature of the attacks, especially that the target sites were heavily secured. Alavi argues that the regime's precedents make observers doubt the regime’s statement on the accounts of the attacks, as Tehran is known to use similar brutal methods and frame their opponents.

Alavi said that the Iranian authorities will use the attack to increase repression at home, citing the remarks of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in the wake of the attack, which ordered the Basij extremist paramilitary militia to intervene to counter the unrest.