Iran parliament attack: Guard dead, gunmen surrounded in twin terror attacks

A gunman inside the Parliament building holds a hostage. Photo: Twitter

Tehran/Iran, June 7: Armed men launched two attacks in Iran’s capital, killing a guard at the parliament building and wounding several people in the Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini in southern Tehran, state media reported.

State broadcaster IRIB and the Fars news agency said one armed man was inside the mausoleum.

Lawmaker Elias Hazrati told state television, three attackers, one with a pistol and two with AK-47 assault rifles, raided parliament on Wednesday. Several people have been taken, hostage.

Another lawmaker said one of the assailants was surrounded by security forces and all the doors to the building had been closed, ISNA news agency reported.

Iran’s state TV says four attackers were involved in the parliament shooting. At least eight people were wounded.

ISNA news agency quoted a member of the parliament as saying that all the parliament doors were shut and one of the assailants was surrounded by the security forces.

The identity and the motivation of the assailant were still unclear.