Tehran attacks: Islamic State claims responsibility

RSTV Bureau
A man hands a child to a security guard from Iran's parliament building after an assault of several attackers, in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, June 7, 2017. Suicide bombers and gunmen stormed into Iran's parliament and targeted the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on Wednesday, killing a security guard and wounding 12 other people in rare twin attacks, with the siege at the legislature still underway.

A man hands a child to a security guard from Iran’s parliament building after an assault of several attackers, in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, June 7, 2017. Suicide bombers and gunmen stormed into Iran’s parliament and targeted the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on Wednesday, killing a security guard and wounding 12 other people in rare twin attacks, with the siege at the legislature still underway.

The Islamic State group claimed twin attacks in the Iranian capital today targeting parliament and the shrine of the country’s revolutionary founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Amaq propaganda agency said.

“Fighters from the Islamic State attacked the Khomeini mausoleum and the parliament building in Tehran,” the agency said, citing a “security source.”

Iran’s Parliament and shrine of its revered leader and revolutionary founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini was Wednesday attacked by suicide attackers.

A second suicide bomber detonated explosives outside the shrine of Iran’s revolutionary founder Ruhollah Khomeini in south Tehran on Wednesday, state broadcaster IRIB reported.

A woman had earlier blown herself up outside the shrine after three or four armed assailants stormed the site.

The attack was coordinated with an assault on the parliamentary complex in the centre of the city. The twin attacks have so far killed at least three people.