Iran TV: 'Terrorists' attack Khomeini shrine

The head of Ankara-based Center for Iranian Studies (IRAM) think tank, Ahmet Uysal, told Daily Sabah that both Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and President Hassan Rouhani will display a common stance as "they are likely to maintain tensions [both verbally and physically]".

The attacker opened fire at the guards inside the parliament, then escaped the building and is now on the run, FARS news agency reported.

Zarif, who arrived in Turkey on Wednesday for an official visit, denounced the "indiscriminate" terror attacks and said terrorism was threatening the Middle East and the rest of the world.

The Islamic State group claimed the attacks, marking the first time the Sunni extremists have taken responsibility for an assault in Shiite-majority Iran.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said that as the Iran legislation moves forward, lawmakers will have an opportunity to offer amendments that would authorize new sanctions on Russian Federation.

Shops in the area were closed as gunfire rang out and officials urged people to avoid public transportation. Four gunmen dressed as women stormed the parliament building with an ensuing standoff lasting over five hours; one suicide bomber set off an explosive device in the mausoleum.

Nelly Lahoud, an expert on extremism at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in Bahrain, said IS leaders may be looking to rally supporters through the attacks in Iran as they lose ground in Syria and Iraq.

Several senators had sought a delay in the vote until next week after the twin deadly attacks against Iran's parliament and the shrine of Iran's revolutionary leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini that killed at least 12 people.

"Just as hardliners in Iran should not use these horrific events as a means to advance political objectives, the global community should not exercise selectivity in its condemnation of such barbaric acts against Iran as a means to settle political scores", said Ghaemi.

One of the terrorists blew himself up inside the parliament building, where a session had been in progress, according to a statement carried by Iran state TV.

As the parliament attack unfolded, gunmen and suicide bombers also struck outside Khomeini's mausoleum on Tehran's southern outskirts. Iran has also come under attack in the past by Arab insurgents.

Iran's state TV says four attackers were involved in a parliament shooting that is still underway, and that eight people have been wounded.

The attackers chose symbolically significant targets for their assault. It said a security guard was killed and that one of the attackers was killed by security guards. It did not provide further details about Wednesday's shooting.

An Associated Press reporter saw several police snipers on the rooftops of buildings around the parliament. A woman was also arrested.

Conflicting government statements say that Iranian security forces had killed the four assailants while other reports indicated that the assailants had been detained by police. This year's holy month started nearly two weeks ago on May 26.

  • Leroy Wright