Update: Iran’s Parliament and Imam Khomeini Mausoleum Under Attack

Published June 7th, 2017 - 07:03 GMT
Iranian Parliament (AFP)
Iranian Parliament (AFP)

 

At least four gunmen have reportedly intruded into the premises of the Majlis, opening fire on the security guards there.

 

According to Tasnim news agency, at least eight people have been injured in the shooting attack on Wednesday.

 

Two people are said to have lost their lives in the firefight.

 

The assault has forced a lockdown on the legislature.

 

Tehran MP Elias Hazrati has said that the assailants were armed with two Kalashnikovs and a handgun.

 

 According to lawmaker Mehdi Kiaee, the situation is under control inside the parliament, while security forces are working to restore calm there.

 

As seen in the footage below, Anti-Terror Special Forces have been deployed to the Majlis.

ISNA quoted an MP as saying that all the parliament doors are shut and one of the assailants has been surrounded by security guards.

Separately, the Fars news agency said in a Twitter post that three gunmen attacked the Imam Khomeini Mausoleum in Tehran, opening fire on people inside and wounding a number of them. 

ISNA quoted an MP as saying that all the parliament doors are shut and one of the assailants has been surrounded by security guards.

Separately, the Fars news agency said in a Twitter post that three gunmen attacked the Imam Khomeini Mausoleum in Tehran, opening fire on people inside and wounding a number of them. 

The report said one of the assailants has been killed, another has blown himself up and a third one has been injured.

Informed sources say a suicide bomber’s explosive vest has also been discovered and deactivated in the vicinity of the mausoleum.

Tasnim news agency said in an update that the hostage rescue team of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has arrested two “terrorists” in the Imam Khomeini Mausoleum.

Fars said in a tweet that a suicide bomber blew himself up on the fourth floor of the Parliament, where he had been holed up.

[This item is being updated.]

 

 

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