Iran's Parliament Under Attack

That attack occurred at the same time as a shooting in the Iranian parliament, in which at least three people were injured after an attacker stormed the building in central Tehran, according to state-run Press TV.

Soon after the assault on parliament, another bomber detonated a suicide vest near the shrine of the Republic's revered founder, Ayatollah Khomeini, a few kilometres south of the city, Zolfaghari said, according to Tasnim.

Iran's official state broadcaster said a security guard was killed in the shrine attack.

About five hours after the first reports, Iranian news agencies said four people who had attacked parliament were dead and the incident was over. Iran has also come under attack in the past by Arab insurgents.

A voice on the video praises God and says in Arabic: "Do you think we will leave?"

Iran is deeply involved in the fight against ISIS, both in Iraq and Syria, and together with Russian Federation is a major backer of the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Three attackers are reported to have entered Iran's parliament building and shot at security officals this morning. Despite unconfirmed reports of a hostage situation, state television said parliament had resumed, and broadcast footage of what it said was the opening session proceeding normally.

"I was inside the parliament when shooting happened".

"Iran is an active and effective pillar in the fight against terrorists and they want to damage it", he said. A woman was also arrested. It was not immediately clear who was behind the attacks or if they were coordinated.

The IS group often claims attacks around the world, even when links to the group can not be confirmed and appear dubious.

The unusual attacks prompted the Interior Ministry to call for an urgent security meeting.

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday that attacks by ISIL in Europe and elsewhere showed that western policies in the Middle East have backfired. Officials at one point urged people to avoid using public transportation until further notice.

  • Leroy Wright