2 killed in attacks on Iran's Parliament, Khomeini mausoleum

Cheryl Sanders
June 7, 2017

About 12 miles from the parliament building in southern Tehran, four terrorists besieged the tomb of Khomeini, shooting wildly before one of them blew himself up.

Saudi Arabia has itself been a target of numerous lethal attacks by IS affiliates in the Arabian Peninsula, who see the kingdom's Western-allied leadership as heretics.

Ardabil representative Hemayat Mirzadeh told Trend he and his colleagues are attending their regular sessions in the parliament.

Gun ownership is tightly controlled in Iran, meaning those who carried out the attacks on the parliament and the shrine likely had to smuggle their weapons into the country.

Other reports claimed the attackers were shooting from the fourth floor of the parliament building down at people in the streets below.

A 24-second video released by the IS group's Aamaq news agency purported to show the siege. Kurdish groups have carried out small scale attacks against Iranian security forces in the north-west of the country.

The group has claimed the attack on Iran's parliament and another on the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on Wednesday, which killed at least two and wounded more than 30 people.

IS and other extremists consider Shias to be apostates, and the video accuses Iranians of persecuting Sunnis over the centuries and into modern times. Iran has also come under attack in the past by Arab insurgents. Shops in the area were closed, and gunfire could be heard.

The Islamic State group has said it was behind the twin attacks.

An official at Khomeini's mausoleum in south Tehran said "three or four" people had entered via the western entrance and opened fire, killing the gardener and wounding several people, according to the Fars news agency. A woman was also arrested.

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

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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