Iran attacks: At least 12 dead in Parliament, Khomeini shrine shootings; ISIS claims responsibility

Iran attacks: A guard has been killed in the attack at the shrine of Ayatollah Khomeini. Another attack took place at the Parliament complex.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 7, 2017 5:14 pm
Iran, Iran parliament attack, iran shooting, iran parliament shooting, world news, latest news, indian express news Iran attacks: The body of a terrorist, at background left, lies on the ground while police control the scene at the shine of late Iranian revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, just outside Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, June 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the twin attacks on the Parliament and Ayatollah Khomeini shrine, which has left at least twelve people dead and 42 injured, the Iranian media reported.  The group’s state news agency AMAQ said in a statement: “Fighters from Islamic state attacked Khomeini’s shrine and the Iranian parliament in Tehran.” Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry told Reuters that they foiled a third attack later today.The shooting incident at the Iranian  parliament has been stopped as all four attackers have been killed. “The security forces are checking for bombs and clearing the building,” IRIB said.

Four gunmen, including a suicide bomber, had opened fire at the shrine of Ayatollah Khomeini Wednesday killing a gardener, and in another attack, four gunmen entered the Iran Parliament complex and opened fire killing a security guard and injuring several others. Meanwhile, one attacker blew himself up inside Iranian Parliament complex, while another suicide bomber blew himself up at the shrine, as per Reuters quoting state media. This was the second suicide bombing at the shrine minutes after a woman had blown herself up after three or four armed assailants stormed the site. Iran’s Intelligence Ministry said members of a third group were arrested before being able to carry out any attack. Iranian officials have not yet confirmed if the two attacks are linked or who was behind the twin attacks. Local Iranian media report that the Presidential building has been locked down and nobody is being allowed to enter or leave the premises.

Press TV, an Iranian news channel, reported that several civilians have been injured at the Imam Khomeini Mausoleum in southern Tehran. One attacker blew himself up at the site – a suicide attack. Ali Khalili from the mausoleum’s public relations office told IRNA news agency that one of the armed men detonated himself in front of a bank outside the mausoleum.  The Associated Press reports, quoting Iran’s state TV news website, that four “terrorists,” including a suicide bomber, attacked the shrine of the late leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in the capital, Tehran, killing a security guard and wounding four people.” Iran state TV confirmed that one attacker at the shrine has been killed by security forces and a woman has been arrested. ILNA reported that two attackers had been arrested and five people were wounded at the shrine. One person has been confirmed dead, it said, the BBC reported. Click here for LIVE updates on the attacks underway in Iran.

In the Parliament attack, a security guard was killed in the firing. Iran news agency FARS News reports, quoting a senior member of the Parliament’s Presiding Board Akbar Ranjbarzadeh, as saying that the assailant in Parliament was arrested at the Parliament’s hallway. Reports also say that the attacker was carrying two Kalashnikov rifles and a handgun.

Several attackers stormed into Iran’s parliament and a suicide bomber targeted the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on Wednesday, killing a security guard and wounding 12 other people in rare twin attacks, with the shooting at the legislature still underway. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

News agency Reuters reported, quoting Iranian news agencies, that there was one attacker who shot at a guard and ran away, but contradictory local reports state that there were four in the Iranian Parliament. “A person entered Iranian parliament today and started shooting at the guards. He shot one of the guards in the leg and ran away.” News agency Mehr, however, reports quoting MP Elias Hazrati, that three shooters attacked the Iran Parliament. He further said that two civilian visitors were injured along with one security officer.

More details are awaited.

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  1. H
    Jun 8, 2017 at 3:34 am
    I hope Khomeni's body got blown to bits. that a deserves eternal hell. too fcking bad for Iran but they deserve this and a lot more hopefully to come. They're guilty in the murders of 500,000 syrians so they can rot in hell
    1. I
      indian man
      Jun 7, 2017 at 8:31 pm
      You never know when a Muslim living beside you become terrorist. God save human being from this barb aric culture.
      1. d
        Jun 7, 2017 at 10:33 pm
        You provide to a Muslim the easiest way to go to heaven, that is the real teaching of Quran. It will not be terrorism, it will be be investigated a true Muslim.
      2. G
        George Cruz
        Jun 7, 2017 at 8:15 pm
        The saying "Terror begets terror" and when asked by the western news media as to who fund terrorism across the globe, the answer by the all the Islamic countries representatives is that "fingerprints are all over the place" in terror funding and every Islamic country has to share the blame. The main question is where is the justice for the millions of people got slaughtered by the Islamic terrorists based on the 7th century ideologies of Jihad/Sharia???????? As for India, where is the justice the brave Indian soldiers slaughtered mercilessly by the Kashmir separatists Islamic Jihadists aided by the terror groups like LeT and Hurriyat?????? Why the opposition parties like the congress, the communists, the TMC, the BSP, etc still supporting the anti-national activities carried on by the misguided Sunni Muslims in the Kashmir Valley out of hate for India and Hindus?????????????
        1. S
          Jun 7, 2017 at 6:55 pm
          RSS and CIA are behind all the beef eating people of India, Porkistan and Iran.
          1. S
            Jun 7, 2017 at 6:53 pm
            The menace of Sanghi and Manuvadi people is growing. Need to be checked. Modi ji should resign.
            1. T
              Jun 7, 2017 at 6:43 pm
              US started its work against Iran ...Isis is a US created group ... By appointing many Pretend to be Muslim individuals and many radicals who has no value for humanity ... Of course there are Muslims involved in it .but they are recruited from very poor family offering high amount to the family and few who doesn't have any faith m the religion ..isis never attacked US or Israel .... It always attacks Muslim.countries and other third countries ..Y ? Because it's all Israel and IS behind it .. no radical muslims will attack Muslim countries . and atleast THEy don't blast bomb at holy place Mecca ... Lol .... Since they are Sunnis they don't attack Sunni countries too..but why they do it ? It's just coz they are recruited bst RDS by America and Israel to defame the religion
              1. S
                Jun 7, 2017 at 6:51 pm
                Very good analysis, you deserve a PHD from Kejriwal.
                1. T
                  Jun 7, 2017 at 7:30 pm
                  It's truth Mr shy lendar ... Logic is simple ... Like u all say if Muslims wants only Muslims to be lived on earth and kill all non Muslims , y the they are kil Muslims itself ..? Answer is simple ..Isis are not Muslims ... And yeah they attack UK and France ... It's just for the reason that these countries gave shelter for Muslim refugees ..and to stop that practice they want to defame the religion and make people protest against the government to stop it
                2. R
                  Jun 7, 2017 at 8:36 pm
                  In reality you are pretending to be a Hindu doing al-taquia here! Rest all gibberish! There are no takers for your nonsense!
                  1. C
                    Jun 7, 2017 at 8:46 pm
                    @Ram, Lord Ram, not you , was a terrorist. He sent Hanu man to destroy Lanka.
                3. S
                  Jun 7, 2017 at 6:20 pm
                  it seems the members of the desert cult has started kil each other... great sign for the rest of the world... let them destroy the cancer themselves...
                  1. S
                    Subspan Raman
                    Jun 7, 2017 at 7:22 pm
                    They have been doing it since they became "civilised". After becoming Muslims, they were given excuses why they can kill each other
                  2. K
                    Krishna Bhagawan
                    Jun 7, 2017 at 5:45 pm
                    Let the fun begin
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