At least eight people reported dead in twin strikes across Iranian capital in fourth major Isis incident since start of Ramadan.
Isis has claimed responsibility for twin attacks at the Iranian parliament and the tomb of Ayatollah Khomeini in Tehran, in what would be the first time it has carried out a major terror operation on Iranian soil.
Analyst Charlie Winter said the claim, which appeared on Isis’s official news wire Amaq, had “massive implications” for the region.
“Iran’s response to this could utterly transform the shape of the war against ISIS, which is, of course, exactly what ISIS wants,” he tweeted.
Isis had also called for for increased attacks on unbelievers during Ramadan, during which it says the rewards for jihad in heaven are multiplied.
Armed men attacked at Iranian parliament : Iranian Media
Tehran: Several people were reportedly injured after armed men entered into Tehran’s parliament building and the mausoleum of revolutionary founder Ruhollah Khomeini on Wednesday, state media said.
One member of parliament told that there were three gunmen inside the parliamentary complex in central Tehran, armed with rifles and a pistol. Three people had been shot, including at least one security guard.
An apparently coordinated attack took place at the mausoleum of Iranian revolutionary founder Ruhollah Khomeini. An armed man was inside the mausoleum in southern Tehran, around 20 kilo meters from the parliament building, with reports of several injuries.
Second suicide bombing at Iran’s Mausoleum in a day
Attackers raided Iran’s parliament and opened fire at the Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini a few kilometers south of the capital on Wednesday morning, in near simultaneous assaults that killed up to seven people, media reported.
Tasmin news agency said there were unconfirmed reports that the attackers had taken four hostages inside the parliament building. Three assailants, one with a pistol and two with AK-47 assault rifles, carried out the attack in central Tehran, lawmaker Elias Hazrati told state television.