Gunshots Inside Iran's Parliament; Attack At Khomeni Shrine

Katrina Barker
June 7, 2017

However, a senior MP, Elyas Hazrati, told the news agencies three assailants had attacked parliament, carrying two Kalashnikov rifles and a handgun.

The state TV report did not provide further details, or say whether the shooting was linked to another attack Wednesday on the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

IRIB and Fars said an armed man was inside the mausoleum in southern Tehran, around 20 kilometres from the parliament building, with reports of several injuries.

Iran has been singled out as a target by extremist groups, including ISIL, but has largely escaped attacks within its urban centres. The militants are at war with Iranian-backed forces in Syria and Iraq, and view Shiites as apostates.

Syria has condemned the "terrorist attacks" that targeted the Iranian parliament and the mausoleum of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

Police helicopters circled over the parliament building and all mobile phone lines from inside were disconnected. Witnesses said the attackers were shooting from the fourth floor of the parliament building down at people in the streets below. The twin attacks wounded at least 38 people; reports of the death toll have ranged from 7 to 12 and are not yet confirmed. Police surrounded the building and gunfire could be heard from outside.

The Foreign Ministry says Wednesday's attacks were backed by various governments, without specifying.

In the coordinated mid-morning attack, a gardener was reported dead and several more injured when armed assailants entered the grounds of Khomeini's mausoleum in the south of the city.

It is now unclear how the attacker or attackers entered the parliament building, which is highly fortified, with multiple security checkpoints.

An Associated Press reporter saw security forces, some uniformed and others in plainclothes, around the large and ornate shrine.

The IS group often claims attacks around the world, even when links to the group can not be confirmed and appear dubious.

Interior Minister Abdolrahman Fazli told ISNA he had convened a special meeting of the country's security council.

Other reports by AllAboutTopnews

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