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Terrorist attacks strike Iran claiming at least 12 lives

June 07, 2017, 15:21 UTC+3 TEHRAN

Potential third attack foiled

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TEHRAN, June 7. /TASS/. Iran saw two terrorist attacks on Wednesday. According to the emergencies service, no less than twelve people were killed and 35 others injured and taken to hospitals in Tehran.

The terrorist group Islamic State (outlawed in Russia) claimed responsibility.

Attack on parliament

Four gunmen burst into the premises of the parliament compound in the Iranian capital at about 10:30 local time. They opened fire on security guards and then took several people hostage and barricaded themselves on the upper floors of one of the parliament’s administrative buildings.

All four intruders were killed in a special operation by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’s commandoes. None of the legislators was hurt.

Terrorist attack inside Khomeini Mausoleum

A similar attack occurred at the Ruhollah Khomeini Mausoleum 40 kilometers south of the capital Tehran. Two gunmen forced their way into the Mausoleum’s area through the western gate and sprayed gunfire erratically, while trying to get inside.

Police returned fire, but one of the attackers blew himself up near the Shabestan Gate. Another was killed while trying to escape, he had a suicide bomber’s belt strapped to his body.

Reports of a second explosion at the Mausoleum were later dismissed by the authorities.

Potential third attack foiled

Evidence surfaced that the terrorists had plotted at least one more attack. The Iranian special services’ spokesman said the security forces in Tehran had neutralized a group of terrorists before it managed to commit any criminal acts.

He said on Wednesday morning "several terror groups carried out an attempt to stage terrorist attacks."

"The members of that group had been detained before they had a chance to do anything," the official said.


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