Twin terrorist attacks hit Iran’s parliament, Khomeini’s tomb

June 7, 2017 Off By Web Desk

Tehran, (IINA) – Two simultaneous terrorist attacks, claimed by the ISIS group, struck Iran’s parliament and the mausoleum of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Khomeini on Wednesday, leaving several people dead, state media reported.

Between three and four armed men are reported to have opened fire at the parliament building in Tehran before bursting inside and taking hostages.

The Tasnim news agency said that up to seven people were dead at the site, including a security guard. However reports of casualties varied in Iranian media, and it was unclear whether the attackers were among the dead.

The IRNA press agency reported that 31 people were injured.

Press TV reported that hostage rescue forces were at the scene and that a suicide bomber blew himself up inside a parliamentary office building. Other reports said gunfire was still ongoing.

“This is a minor issue but reveals that the terrorists pursue troublemaking,” Speaker of Iran’s parliament Ali Larijani said.

“As you know, some coward terrorists infiltrated a building in Majlis (parliament), but they were seriously confronted,” Larijani was quoted as saying by the state-run IRNA news agency.

Heavily armed assailants also struck the Khomeini mausoleum several kilometers south of the capital.

The Fars news agency said at least two people were killed in the raid on the tomb and 10 injured.

ISIS’s claim of responsibility could not be confirmed yet.

If confirmed, Wednesday’s attacks would be the first known to have been carried out by the terrorist group in Iran.

Source: International Islamic News Agency