Attackers raid Iran parliament and Khomeini’s shrine, up to seven dead

Attackers raid Iran parliament and Khomeini’s shrine, up to seven dead

Attackers raided Iran’s

Attackers raided Iran’s parliament and opened fire at the Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini a few kilometres south of the capital on Wednesday morning,

in near simultaneous assaults that killed up to seven people, media reported.

Tasmin news agency said there were unconfirmed reports that the attackers had taken four hostages inside the parliament building.

Three assailants,

one with a pistol and two with AK-47 assault rifles carried out the attack in central Tehran,

lawmaker Elias Hazrati told state television.

Another lawmaker said one of the assailants was surrounded by security forces and all the doors to the building had been closed, ISNA news agency reported.

The attackers killed seven people and wounded several others,

Tasmin said.”I was inside the parliament when shooting happened. Everyone was shocked and scared.

I saw two men shooting randomly said one journalist at the scene,

who asked not to be named.Iran’s state broadcaster IRIB reported that one attacker at the Iranian parliament exploded a suicide vest in the building,

but some other news agencies said the explosion might have been caused by grenades thrown by the assailants.Around half an hour later,

an attacker opened fire at the Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini,

injuring several members of the public,

Iran’s English-language Press TV said.State news agency IRNA quoted an official at the mausoleum as saying the attacker had set off a suicide bomb after shooting at people.

Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini launched the Islamic revolution in 1979.

Iranian TV said parliament had resumed and broadcast footage of what it said was the opening session proceeding normally.

Daesh claims responsibility for attacks

Daesh claimed responsibility for attacks on Iran’s parliament and Ayatollah Khomeini’s shrine on Wednesday,

the group’s state news agency AMAQ said.

“Fighters from [Daesh] attacked Khomeini’s shrine and the Iranian parliament in Tehran” the news agency said.

Another terrorist plot foiled

The head of the anti-terrorism department in the Iranian Intelligence Ministry said they foiled a third terrorist plot and have arrested a terrorist team,

state broadcaster IRIB reported.Iran’s intelligence ministry has also asked people to avoid public transport,

according to IRIB.

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