Iran Parliament and shrine attack: 12 killed, Islamic State claims responsibility for twin attacks

Iran Parliament and shrine attack live updates: The attackers, armed with assault rifles, killed a security guard at the Parliament. One of the attackers was killed at the shrine and another blew himself up.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 7, 2017 5:09 pm
Iran Parliament, Iran Parliament attack, Iran Mausoleum attack, Iran shrine attack, Iran Parliament and shrine attack live updates: The attackers, armed with assault rifles, killed a security guard at the Parliament. One of the attackers was killed at the shrine and another blew himself up.

In a case of concerted attacks in Tehran, armed gunmen breached Iran’s Parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on Wednesday. At least 12 were killed in Wednesday’s twin attacks. The attackers, armed with assault rifles, killed a security guard at the shrine. One of the attackers was killed at the shrine and another blew himself up. The Parliament is reportedly under lockdown. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Iran Parliament and mausoleum attack highlights:

4.40 pm: The toll has now risen to 12 in the twin attacks, according to reports.

3.00 pm: The so-called Islamic State claimed responsibility for the twin attacks in Iran capital city, Tehran.

2.40 pm: The Intelligence Ministry has put out a statement saying that a third attack was foiled by the security forces. “This morning two terrorist groups attacked the parliament and Imam Khomeini’s shrine … Members of a third group were arrested before being able to carry out any attack,” it said.

2.30 pm: Another suicide bomb reportedly went off inside the shrine. Press TV, citing the Intelligence Ministry, reported that one bomber was shot dead before he could detonated his vest and another blew himself up.

2.20 pm: Earlier this week several Arab states have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar for allegedly funding terrorism and siding with Iran. In last month’s presidential polls, Iran’s Hassan Rouhani returned as president as he picked up a decisive victory against his hardline opponent judge Ebrahim Raisi, polling 57 per cent of the votes cast.

2.15 pm: Iranian news agency, Mehr, quoting Tehran governor, reported that security forces arrested at least two persons at the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in connection with the attack. A gardener was also killed in the attack, it added.

2.10 pm: Local news agencies are now reporting a second suicide bombing, now, inside the Parliament. Earlier, one of the attackers blew himself up at the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

2.00 pm: No Indians have been injured or killed in the twin attacks, says Saurabh Kumar, Indian envoy to Iran.

1.50 pm: It appears that the firing is still raging on inside the Parliament. Iran’s Press TV has put out a video showing shots being heard from outside the House. Earlier reports suggested that security forces surrounded one of the attackers inside the Parliament.

1.40 pm: Iran’s Parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini are less than 45 minutes away.

(Source: Google maps)

1.30 pm: Iran’s Interior Minister will be soon holding an emergency security meeting. A traffic ban has been enforced in streets near Parliament building in Tehran.

Here are the first visuals from the site of the attack.

1.20 pm:  Iran’s state TV said a security guard was killed and four people were wounded in the shrine attack. It said one of the attackers at the shrine was killed by security guards and that a woman was arrested. It described the shrine attackers as “terrorists” and said one carried out a suicide bombing, without providing further details.

1.10 pm: State TV later said four attackers took part in the parliament attack, and that eight people were wounded. The semi-official ISNA news agency said all entrance and exit gates at parliament were closed and that lawmakers and reporters were ordered to remain in place inside the chamber.

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