3 Dead In Iran Parliament, Tomb Shooting, Woman Suicide

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On Wednesday, Gunmen and Suicide bombers carried out synchronized attacks on the Iran’s Parliament and the tomb of revolutionary founder Ruhollah Khomeini, killing at least three people as the state media reported. The AFP reported quoting Amaq agency that the Islamic State group claimed attacked in Tehran. According to the ISNA agency, one security guard and one other person were killed when two gunmen brutally attacked into Tehran’s parliament complex with pistols and rifles.

It is learned that one of the attackers blew himself up on the fourth floor of the parliament office building as the siege continued. In this well-planned mid-morning attack, it was reported that a gardener was found dead and some others were also injured when the armed attackers entered the Khomeini’s mausoleum in the south of the city. According to the Mizanonline news agency, one female suicide bomber blew herself up outside the shrine whereas the other woman was arrested carrying six grenades. The Parliament session was ongoing as the attacks outspread, showing live footage of the members continuing with routine work even as gun battles were reported in nearby office buildings. The speaker Ali Larijani dismissed the attacks by saying they were a “trivial matter” and security forces were dealing with them. As per the Fars news agency, the police had launched an assault as the intensified gunfire was heard from the next-door offices.

The Fars news agency also added that an official at Khomeini’s mausoleum in south Tehran said “three or four” people had entered through the western entrance and opened fire, leads to killing a gardener and injuring some other people. Adding to this, the news agency also published photos revealing the suicide bomber blowing herself outside the parliament. The holy place lies around 20 kilometers away from parliament and addresses the body of Khomeini, who drove the Islamic revolution in 1979. The security forces were dismantling a bomb inside the shrine and firing was still going on around the area, the ILNA news agency reported. It is still not clear that the attackers were able to enter the actual mausoleum or not. The city was closed, roads were blocked and the parts of metro closed, and the journalists were also kept away from the shrine by police.

The interior minister Abdulrahman Fazli said to ISNA that he had convened an immediate meeting of the country’s Security Council. Iran has been pinned down as a target by Jihadist groups, including IS, but mainly escaped attacks within its urban centers. The dominating Shiite power, Iran, has been helping both Iraq and President Bashar al-Assad’s administration in Syria to clash the Sunni extremist group. IS is under creating pressure in both countries, having lost noteworthy territory in the face of offensives no targeting on its last two major urban bastions, Mosul in Iraq and Raqa in Syria. In March, IS published a rare video in Persian warning that it “will conquer Iran and restore it to the Sunni Muslim nation as it was before”. In the video, IS accuses Iranians of harassing Sunnis over the century and into modern times. The IS and other extremists consider Shiites to be traitors.

The militant groups are also known to be working in Iran’s southeastern Sistan-Baluchistan region that also borders Pakistan and has a huge Sunni community. The Jaish-ul-Adl (Army of Justice) to which Tehran accuses of links with al-Qaeda has carried out numerous armed attacks inside Iranian territory in last some years. The supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said on Sunday that the attacks by IS in Europe and elsewhere showed that Western strategies in the Middle East have backfired. He said to a gathering of senior officials in Tehran that “This is a fire that (Western powers) themselves ignited and which now has backfired on them”.

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