GUNMEN KILLED 7 IN ATTACKS ON IRAN’S PARLIAMENT, KHOMEINI MAUSOLEUM

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Iranian police stand near the parliament”s building during a gunmen attack in Tehran. — Reuters

Iranian news agency Tasnim reported that four persons had been taken hostage by gunmen in the Parliament building’s upper floors.

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TEHRAN — At least seven persons were killed in twin attacks on Iran’s Parliament building and the mausoleum of former supreme leader Ayatollah Khomeini here on Wednesday, officials said.

Four gunmen forced themselves into the Parliament during a session and started shooting at security guards and visitors, killing at least seven guards and wounding several others, Efe news reported.

Iranian news agency Tasnim reported that four persons had been taken hostage by gunmen in the Parliament building’s upper floors.

Four armed assailants attacked the parliament office buildings in central Tehran on Wednesday morning, while others attacked the shrine of revolutionary founder Ruhollah Khomeini in the south of the city, where a female suicide bomber blew herself up.

One of the attackers on Iran’s parliament complex blew himself up on the fourth floor amid an ongoing siege, state broadcaster IRIB reported.

Parliament or Majlis was in session as the attacks unfolded, with live footage showing members continuing with routine business even as gun battles were reported in surrounding office buildings.

Lawmaker Elias Hazrati told state television three attackers, one with a pistol and two with AK-47 assault rifles, raided parliament on Wednesday.

ISNA news agency quoted a member of the parliament as saying that all the parliament doors were shut and one of the assailants was surrounded by the security forces.

A female suicide bomber blew herself up outside the shrine, while another woman was arrested carrying six grenades, according to the Mizanonline news agency.

“There is panic going through the streets of the capital right now because of the attacks.There is chaos inside the parliament,” Al Jazeera’s Andrew Simmons said.

“It is very likely that these attacks were coordinated. Its hardly a coincidence that it happened within minutes of each other.”

AFP reported that Islamic State group claimed attacks in Tehran, quoting Amaq agency.

“Fighters from the Islamic State attacked Khomeini’s shrine and the Iranian parliament in Tehran,” the news agency said.

 

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