Attack On Iran Parliament: 4 Killed, 8 Injured, ISIS Claims Responsibility
Tehran (Iran): At least two people were killed and eight people injured in a firing launched on Iran’s Parliament and the tomb of revolutionary leader Ruhollah Khomeini, State media said on Wednesday. A few armed men and a suicide bomber opened firing. Some media houses reported that around seven people may have been killed in the attack.
Meanwhile, quoting a news agency, AFP reported that ISIS took responsibility for the attack.
Unconfirmed reports said that the attackers had taken four hostages inside the Parliament building, said a local news agency.
The lawmakers have been locked in the parliament’s Hall, said some reports. The news is that shooting seems to have ended, but the assailants have not been arrested so far.
When four gunmen burst into Tehran’s Parliament complex, a security guard was killed. And at the Khomeini’s mausoleum ground several armed assailants reportedly killed the gardener and entered the premises, said another news agency.
According to reports, an official at Khomeini’s mausoleum in South Tehran told media that three or four people entered via western entrance and opened fire, killing the gardener and wounding several people. A news agency said female suicide attacker blew herself up outside the shrine and published photos.
Four men armed with rifles and pistols were reported to be inside the parliamentary complex, around 20 kilometres away (12 miles) in the centre of the city. Lawmaker Elias Hazrati told state television three assailants, one with a pistol and two with AK-47 assault rifles, raided parliament.
News agencies ISNA and Fars had earlier said three people had been shot after the gunmen entered via the north entrance, including at least one security guard.
The city was on lockdown, with streets blocked and the metro closed, and journalists kept away from the shrine by police.
Interior Minister Abdolrahman Fazli told ISNA that he had convened a special meeting of the country’s Security Council.
Iran has been singled out as a target by jihadist groups, including ISIS, but has largely escaped attacks within its urban centres.