1 dead in twin attacks on Iran parliament, Khomeini shrine

"They are too small to affect the will of the Iranian nation and its officials", he said.

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

The attacks could also exacerbate tensions in Iran between newly re-elected President Hassan Rouhani, a pragmatist, and his rivals among hardline clerics and the Revolutionary Guards.

State TV later said four attackers are involved in the parliament attack, and that eight people were wounded.

Three shooters left two civilian visitors and one security officer injured, ANI quoted Iranian news agency Mehr.

The ILNA news agency said security forces were dismantling a bomb inside the shrine and that firing was still going on around the site.

Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the committee's Republican chairman and one of the bill's sponsors, said he recently reviewed top-secret intelligence that detailed Tehran's support for terrorism and other destabilizing actions.

Several gunmen and suicide bombers attacked parliament and the shrine to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, setting off an hours-long siege at the legislature that ended with four attackers dead.

The shrine lies around 20 kilometers away (12 miles) from parliament and houses the body of Khomeini, who led the Islamic revolution in 1979. He warned: "The Iranian government should not use the attack in a very polarized situation against Saudi Arabia or claim that Saudi Arabia is somehow linked to the attack, because it isn't". However, Middle East observers have expressed skepticism over the claim, saying the group may be seeking to capitalize on the attack.

Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard indirectly blamed Saudi Arabia for the attacks.

A few senators pleaded for a delay until next week of the previously scheduled vote in light of the attacks in Iran. A voice on the video praises God and says in Arabic: "Do you think we will leave?"

"Iran is an active and effective pillar in the fight against terrorists and they want to damage it", he said. The two appeared to be parroting a slogan used by IS spokesman Abu Mohammad al-Adnani, who was killed in Syria a year ago.

The Islamic State group claimed the attack, marking the first time it has taken responsibility for an assault in Iran. Though most Iranians are Shiite, including separatists in Ahvaz, the eastern Baloch region is majority Sunni, although there are no recent census figures available. A woman was also arrested. It was not immediately clear if the attacks were related. The witness told Reuters that security forces had massed inside and outside parliament, and that the incident was now over.

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

  • Leroy Wright