Seven killed after gunmen raid Iran parliament, mausoleum

Islamic State claims attacks on Iran parliament shrine

Islamic State claims attacks on Iran parliament shrine

Islamic State claimed responsibility for attacks on Iran's parliament and Ayatollah Khomeini's shrine on Wednesday, the group's state news agency AMAQ said.

At least 12 people were killed and dozens more injured during two coordinated attacks targeting major landmarks in the Iranian capital of Tehran, according to state media.

There are also reports of a shooting at the mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the modern state.

The IS group's Aamaq news agency released a 24-second video purportedly shot inside the parliament building during the siege.

A photo posted by Fars showed people inside the parliament building lowering a child out of a first-floor window to people waiting below.

Assailants armed with Kalashnikov rifles stormed the parliament building Wednesday and one of the attackers blew himself up inside, where a session had been in progress.

It is said that one of the attackers has been killed, and one arrested by security forces; the remaining two are reportedly still at large.

The IS group often claims attacks around the world, even when links to the group can not be confirmed and appear dubious. The attacks were the first claimed by the hardline Sunni Muslim militant group in the tightly controlled Shi'ite Muslim Iran.

Reports quoting Iranian intelligence officials claimed that the agencies managed to apprehend one team of attackers beforehand, averting more damage. It described the shrine attackers as "terrorists" and said one carried out a suicide bombing, without providing further details.

Sunni extremists, including the Islamic State group, despise Shiite-majority Iran and are at war with Tehran's proxies in Syria and Iraq.

Iran's counter-terrorism unit said that several "terrorist groups" had been able to enter Tehran, though it did not say where they were from.

The report quotes an ISIS "security source", which Alison says is typical for such claims.

Iranian media says several attackers, including suicide bombers, took part in the assaults on both sites, with the parliament attack still underway.

The attack started in the morning when, according to some reports, three to four attackers entered the Majlis disguised as women. "We stand in solidarity with the people of Iran in their hour of grief", the statement said.

Khomeini launched the Islamic revolution in 1979. The identity and the motivation of the assailant was still unclear, Tasnim said.

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