Terror attacks on Iran parliament and Khomeini tomb claimed by Islamic State

Cheryl Sanders
June 8, 2017

As the parliament siege was unfolding, gunmen and suicide bombers attacked the shrine of Iran's revolutionary leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, which is located just outside Tehran.

According to reports, a dozen people have been killed in Wednesday's twin attacks while another 42 have been injured and admitted to 3 hospitals to receive treatment.

Jaish al-Adl (or the Army of Justice) is a Sunni militant group that has carried out several attacks on Iranian security forces mainly in Sistan-Baluchestan.

The Sunni jihadists of ISIS consider Shiite Iran to be apostates, and Teheran is deeply involved in fighting the group in both Syria and Iraq.

During the chaos, suicide bombers and gunmen stormed Iran's parliament building and opened fire on Iranian lawmakers. Again, one terrorist detonated a suicide vest and the other three were killed during clashes with security forces as they attempted to reach the upper floors of the parliament building, it said. "The depravity of terrorism has no place in a peaceful, civilized world". Within five hours, four attackers were dead and the incident was over, Iranian media said.

Jaish al-Adl claimed responsibility in April for attacks that killed 10 Iranian border guards near Pakistan.

Iran has also been expanding its influence throughout the Middle East and has aligned itself with embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who has been accused of war crimes as he fights to maintain control over his country.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday that US President Donald Trump's reaction to the deadly Islamic State (IS) group attacks in Tehran was "repugnant".

In a statement, the Revolutionary Guard announced "it has proved in the past that it will take revenge for all innocent blood shed".

"Let there be no doubt that we will take revenge for today's attacks in Tehran, on terrorists, their affiliates and their supporters", he said, as cited by the news agency Mehr.

The unusual attacks in Iran prompted the Interior Ministry to call for an urgent security meeting, according to the state-run IRNA news agency.

Tensions have been rising between conservative US -allied Gulf Arab states, including the UAE, and non-Arab Iran over accusations that Tehran is meddling in the affairs of its Arab neighbors, a charge the Islamic Republic denies.

"The Iranian nation will go forward", he added.

Speaker Ali Larijani dismissed the attacks, saying they were a "trivial matter". An estimated eight percent of Iran is Sunni Muslim, compared to 89 percent Shiite.

The IS group often claims attacks around the world, even when links to the group can not be confirmed and appear dubious.

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