Daesh Claims Responsibility For Iranian Attacks

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 8, 2017

The terrorist siege has since ended, and four attackers were reportedly killed.

At least a dozen people died and more than 40 were injured Wednesday in attacks claimed by the Islamic State against Iran's Parliament and Tehran's tomb of Ayatollah Khomeini, Iranian officials said.

Attacks are highly rare in Tehran and other major Iranian cities, although a Sunni militant group named Jundallah and its splinter group, Ansar al Furqan, have been waging a deadly insurgency, mostly in more remote areas, for nearly a decade.

Mohammad Hossein Zolfaghari, the deputy interior minister, had said earlier that the attackers were dressed as women when they entered parliament's main gate. It adds that a female assailant detonated herself outside the mausoleum.

The Islamic State, a Sunni jihadi group, claimed responsibility for both attacks in the Shia majority nation.

The message quotes an ISIS "security source", which Alison says is typical for such claims.

But other Sunni militant groups in Iran have long carried out periodic attacks on military and civilian targets, aiming to highlight what they say is discrimination against Iran's Arab minority and Sunni ethnic groups. In it, a gunman is seen leaving an office area where a man lies wounded and not moving on the floor.

One of the attackers blew himself up inside the Tehran parliament building, where a session had been in progress, and witnesses said the others were armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles. It said a security guard was killed and that one of the attackers was killed by security guards. As Iran's first supreme leader, Khomeini is a towering figure in the country and was its revolutionary leader in the 1979 ousting of the shah.

Nathalie Goulet, French senator and vice-chair of the Senate's Foreign Affairs Committee, said the terror attacks targeted Iranian government and democracy symbols in Iran.

Despite the violence at Iran's parliament Wednesday morning, lawmakers returned to business by the afternoon. Officials say the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps helped security forces control the situation.

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".

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the US expressed condolences to the victims and their families.

Iran is deeply involved in the fight against ISIS, both in Iraq and Syria, and along with Russian Federation is a major backer of the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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