At least 3 dead after gunmen target Iran’s Parliament, mausoleum

June 7 (UPI) — Iranian officials said at least three people died and 30 others were injured in attacks claimed by the Islamic State targeting the Iranian Parliament and the tomb of Ayatollah Khomeini.

The state-run Islamic Republic News Agency reported the two seemingly coordinated attacks on Tuesday were carried out by two groups of gunmen who opened fire on people at Imam Khomeini’s mausoleum in southern Tehran and the Iranian Parliament, also called Majlis or the Islamic Consultative Assembly, in central Tehran.

Ali Larijani, the Iranian Parliament’s speaker, told the IRNA that “some coward terrorists infiltrated a building in Majlis, but they were seriously confronted.”

“This is a minor issue but reveals that the terrorists pursue troublemaking,” Larijani added “Iran is particularly the active and effective hub of fighting against terrorism and they want to damage this trend.”

Iran’s Deputy Interior Minister for Security Affairs Hossein Zolfaqari said the Parliament attack killed two security guards and injured more than 30 others, though sources inside Parliament told Tasnim News Agency at least seven people were killed.

Iranian security forces responded to the attacks. In Khomeini’s mausoleum, where one service worker was killed and four people were injured, one gunman was shot dead and a female suicide bomber detonated her explosive device outside tomb, Zolfaqari said.

Zolfaqari said the attackers entered the Iranian Parliament while dressed as women. Iranian Health Minister Seyyed Hassan Hashemi said the death toll is likely to increase. Iranian security officials suggested the attack at the mausoleum was under control but said the attack on Parliament was ongoing as the militants were besieged.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Pakistan’s former foreign minister and a senior member of Parliament, condemned the attacks.

“I would like to condemn the attack that took place on Iranian Parliament today and on the mausoleum of Imam Khomeini. I believe the attack is condemnable and completely unjustified and I condemn all forms of terrorism,” the Pakistani official said.

comments powered by Disqus