Fatalities & injuries after shootings, bombings at Iranian parliament & Khomeini shrine

Source: Fatalities & injuries after shootings, bombings at Iranian parliament & Khomeini shrine — RT News

At least 12 people died and dozens were injured in gun and bomb attacks at the Iranian parliament and Ayatollah Khomeini’s shrine in Tehran, emergency services said, as cited by local media. Both assaults were later claimed by Islamic State.

Attackers opened fire on guards inside the parliament building in the Iranian capital on Wednesday morning, FARS news agency reported.

Attackers opened fire on guards inside the parliament building in the Iranian capital on Wednesday morning, FARS news agency reported.

 

A male assailant was arrested in a parliament hallway while attempting to escape, Akbar Ranjbarzadeh, a senior member of the parliament’s Presiding Board, told Farsnews.

“I was inside the parliament when the shooting happened. Everyone was shocked and scared. I saw two men shooting randomly,” one journalist at the scene said, as cited by Reuters.

 

According to Ali Larijani, the current chairman of the Iranian parliament, the attacks show that extremists want to undermine the country’s efforts in its battle against terrorism.

“Iran is an active and effective hub for combating terrorism, and terrorists wish to undermine such activities,” he said, as cited by Mehr news agency.

Larijani was heading a parliament session behind closed doors as the attack unfolded.

The attacks in Tehran show that terrorists won’t cease in their efforts to cause destruction, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.

“The fact that terrorist won’t stop, is, unfortunately, confirmed every day. It includes today’s attacks in Iran which were claimed by Islamic State,” Lavrov said.

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