ISIS Claims Twin Attacks in Iran, Several Dead

Pauline Gross
June 7, 2017

Iran's state TV news website says four "terrorists", including a suicide bomber, have attacked the shrine of the late leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in the capital, Tehran, killing a security guard and wounding four people.

The four gunmen at parliament had been surrounded and killed by security forces five hours after the attack began, the interior ministry said on Wednesday afternoon, adding that they had entering the building - where parliament was in session - dressed as women.

Twin terrorist attacks rocked the Iranian parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Khomeini on Wednesday.

The self-styled "Islamic State" militant group claimed responsibility for the attack, according to terrorism watchdog SITE Intel Group.

Live footage showed lawmakers trapped inside seemingly calm as gun battles raged in surrounding office buildings, snipers took position on nearby rooftops, and police helicopters circled over the parliament building in downtown Tehran on June 7.

Pakistan has condemned twin attacks on Iran's parliament and a shrine to its revolutionary leader.

Iranian Deputy Interior Minister Hossein Zolfaqari claimed: "The assailants entered Parliament in women's dress and through the special gate for visitors, started the shooting spree and entered the area, causing fear and horror", according to FARS, the semi-official news agency. One of the attackers was killed at the shrine and another blew himself up.

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Speaker Ali Larijani dismissed the attacks, saying they were a "trivial matter" and that security forces were dealing with them.

Iran's state broadcaster IRIB reported that one attacker detonated a suicide vest there, though some other news agencies said the explosion might have been caused by grenades thrown by the assailants. Iran has also come under attack in the past by Arab insurgents.

The identity and the motivation of the assailant was still unclear, Tasnim said.

The Aamaq news agency also released a video reportedly shot inside the parliament, The Associated Press reported.

Khomeini is an iconic figure in modern Iranian history. "Members of a third group were arrested before being able to carry out an attack", the ministry said in a statement circulated by state media.

The news agency reported that a second attacker is now surrounded by security officers. He led the 1979 Islamic revolution that toppled the Western-backed shah and became Iran's first supreme leader. Officials at one point urged people to avoid using public transportation until further notice.

Other reports by GizPress

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