Three killed in shooting and suicide bomb attack in Iran
At least three people have died and several more have been injured in a shooting at the Iranian parliament and suicide bomb at the Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini in Tehran, several semi-official Iranian news agencies reported.
Gunmen and suicide bombers carried out coordinated attacks on Iran's parliament and the tomb of revolutionary founder Ruhollah Khomeini on Wednesday, state media reported, killing at least three people.
A security guard and one other person were killed when four gunmen burst into Tehran's parliament complex with rifles and a pistol, according to the ISNA news agency.
In the coordinated mid-morning attack, a gardener was reported dead and several more injured when armed assailants entered the grounds of Khomeini's mausoleum in the south of the city.
A guard and seven others were injured in the incident in parliament on Wednesday morning, the Fars news agency reported, which occurred at the same time four men attacked Ayatollah Khomeini's tomb with guns and explosives.
The assailants killed a security guard and injured at least four others at the mausoleum in southern Tehran, state television said.
One attacker was shot dead at the scene and one woman arrested. It is not clear if the other gunmen have been apprehended.
A witness told Reuters the parliament's entrances were barricaded as security forces massed inside and outside. There are conflicting reports as to how many people attacked the parliament building and it appears the incident is still ongoing.
At least one male assailant escaped the building but was captured as he was on the run, the agency reports.
However, a senior MP, Elyas Hazrati, said three assailants had attacked parliament, carrying two Kalashnikov rifles and a handgun.
The identity and motivation of the attackers is still unclear, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reports.
Isis has claimed responsibility for twin attacks at the Iranian parliament and a major shrine in Tehran, in what would be the first time it has carried out a terror operation on Iranian soil.
Analyst Charlie Winter said the claim, which appeared on Isis's Amaq news agency, had "massive implications" for the region.
Isis has also released a video through its Amaq news agency which purports to show the Tehran terror attack from inside the Iranian parliament building. Apparently filmed by the attackers, it shows one dead body lying in an office as a man with an assault rifle walks past. According to analysts, the fighters can be heard speaking in Arabic, not Farsi.
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini launched the county's Islamic revolution in 1979. He is regarded as the revolutionary founder of the modern state and is revered in Shia Islam worldwide.
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