Gunmen attack Iran parliament, mausoleum

There are reports of injuries at both the parliamentary building and the shrine. Another group of attackers, including a second suicide bomber, struck the shrine.

Iran provides key ground forces against IS and other rebel groups in Syria and Iraq.

In a separate incident, Fars reported that a lone gunman had entered the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini - the Islamic Republic's founder - and opened fire.

The agency further added that the attacker may have been arrested, but didn't confirm the news.

FarsNews Agency reported that one of gunmen inside Parliament is a suicide bomber, now surrounded by security forces.

Details of the twin attacks remained sketchy even several hours later.

The report quotes an ISIS "security source", which Alison says is typical. Police have surrounded the building, where a legislative session was underway, and heavy gunfire could be heard from outside. Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini launched the Islamic revolution in 1979.

The identity and motivation of the attackers is still unclear and it is not yet clear if the two incidents are linked.

AFP are also reporting a suicide bomber has struck the tomb.

Lawmaker Elias Hazrati said three assailants, one with a pistol and two with AK-47 assault rifles, raided parliament, according the state television website.

Rouhani retained power with a landslide victory over candidates supported by the hardline clergy and the Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), the country's most powerful security force in charge of ensuring national security.

At least three gunmen on Wednesday stormed parliament in Iran and took some hostages, media reports said.

  • Zachary Reyes