At least seven persons were killed and several others injured in twin ‘terror’ attacks on Iran’s Parliament building and the mausoleum of former supreme leader Ayatollah Khomeini here on Wednesday, state media reported.
The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for both the attacks.
Heavy gunfire could be heard on an audio recording from inside the Parliament chamber.
Two civilian visitors and one security officer were injured in the attack, reported news agency Mehr quoting MP Elias Hazrati. The security officer was hit in the leg.
“One of the gunmen shot guard in the leg and ran away,” it said.
The two civilians injured in the attack were said to be the members of different constituencies who had come to visit their deputies.
According to reports, all three gunmen were killed later by the security forces.
In second attack, seven persons were killed and five others were injured after armed men with explosives opened fire in the Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini in southern Tehran. Sources said that the attacker blew himself up in front of the Mausoleum.
Two of the assailants shot at visitors, while the third “detonated himself in a suicide attack”, the semi-official Fars news agency said. The remaining two attackers were arrested, the Iranian Labour News Agency reported.
The third attack was reported from a metro station in central Tehran. No casualties had happened in the attack.
However, the authorities have started an investigation to look into the matter.
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