IS-claimed attacks on Iran's parliament, shrine kill 12

"Fighters from the Islamic State attacked the Khomeini mausoleum and the parliament building in Tehran", the agency said, citing a "security source". According to The Associated Press, at least two security guards were killed in the attacks and more than 30 people were injured.

Shooting has been reported in the corridors of the Iranian parliament, local news agencies report.

The Fars News Agency quoted a senior member of parliament's Presiding Board, Akbar Ranjbarzadeh as saying that the assailant was arrested in the parliament's hallway.

The attacks began midmorning when assailants, armed with Kalashnikov rifles and explosives, stormed the parliament building.

Saurabh Kumar, Indian envoy to Iran has said no Indian has been harmed in the attacks. The attackers were killed in an hours-long stand-off with security forces.

ISIS claimed responsibility for twin attacks in Iran's capital on Wednesday, one at the country's parliament building and another at the shrine of Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran. If confirmed, they would be the first assaults by the hardline Sunni Muslim group inside the Shi'ite Muslim country. A third attack was foiled, Iran's Intelligence Ministry said.

The reports put the number of attackers at 3 or 4. The attackers killed seven people and wounded several others, Mr. Tasmin said.

"This morning two terrorist groups attacked the parliament and Imam Khomeini's shrine".

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir, who is visiting Paris, said: "Iran must be punished for its interference in the region and support for terrorist organisations", according to a report in Al Arabiya.

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday that attacks by ISIS in Europe and elsewhere showed that Western policies in the Middle East have backfired.

Two separate attacks took place in Tehran on June 7. One of the attackers later blew himself up inside, where a session had been in progress, according to a statement carried by Iran's state TV. Notably, Iran provides key ground forces against IS and other rebel groups in Syria and Iraq.

State news agency IRNA said five people had been injured by gunfire at the mausoleum.

An armed man was inside the mausoleum in southern Tehran, around 20 kilometres from the parliament building.

Elections last month saw Iran's President Hassan Rouhani re-elected with a large majority. It was not immediately clear if the attacks were related.

  • Leroy Wright


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