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Twin attacks on the Iranian parliament and Ayatollah Khomeini's mausoleum in the capital, Tehran, have killed at least 12 people and injured many more.

 

The assault on the parliament building appears to be over, after hours of intermittent, audible gunfire there. A suicide bomber died at the mausoleum.

 

Iranian officials say they managed to foil a third attack.

 

The so-called Islamic State group (IS) has claimed it carried out the attacks, which would be a first in Iran.

 

IS later posted a video which showed what it claimed was footage from inside the parliament building.

 

Iran attacks: As it happened

 

Iranian media reported that four attackers inside the parliament building had been killed by security forces.

 

It is not clear whether the death toll of 12 includes the attackers, or whether the victims were killed at both incidents or solely at the parliament.

 

About 40 people were injured in the two attacks, according to emergency services chief Pir Hossein Kolivand.

 

Gunmen armed with Kalashnikovs entered the parliament on Wednesday morning. Images from the scene showed a major security operation as forces surrounded the building.

 

Heavy gunfire could be heard.

 

Iranian authorities denied that there had been a hostage situation inside the parliament building.

 

Speaker Ali Larijani downplayed the events, describing it as a "minor issue".

 

Reports said the gunmen had entered parliament via a public entrance, dressed as women.

 

At about 10:40 (06:10 GMT) attackers at the mausoleum in southern Tehran, which is dedicated to the Islamic Republic's founder Ayatollah Khomeini, opened fire.

 

The governor of Tehran said one attacker there had detonated a suicide vest and another had been killed by security forces, state broadcaster Irib reports.

 

Images from the scene showed grenades and magazines for automatic weapons, apparently recovered from the body of an attacker.

 

The suicide attacker was a woman, reports suggested.

 

Several members of the public, visiting the shrine, have been injured.

Background - by Jenny Norton, BBC Persian

This is the most serious terrorist violence in Tehran since the turbulent early years after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

 

It will come as a huge shock to ordinary Iranians, who have got used to living in a country which is generally far more stable and safe than most of its neighbours.

 

Despite Iran's active involvement in fighting IS in both Iraq and Syria, the Sunni group has not so far carried out any attacks inside Iran, and appears to have little support in this predominantly Shia country.

 

However, in recent months the group has stepped up its Farsi-language propaganda efforts - targeting Iran's restive Sunni minority, and the Iranian intelligence agencies claim to have foiled an number of IS-inspired plots.

Analysis - from BBC Monitoring's Jihadist Media Team

IS has this year released a number of propaganda pieces focused on inciting attacks inside Iran.

 

An IS documentary-style video in March featured militants who were introduced as Iranian fighters in IS ranks based in Iraq.

 

Speaking in Farsi, they denounced the Iranian government and the religious establishment, including the country's spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

 

By mounting a successful attack, IS could claim a major coup against a traditional foe that other Sunni jihadist groups, including its rival al-Qaeda, have failed to target in the past.

 

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The Gunmen were shooting everywhere like crazy, roofs, ground everywhere. some of those injured got shot on their feet.

the bomb blast only killed the terrorist alone, not others, because he was surrounded.

 

after all this, another attack was going to happen but it was detected and the terrorist group members were arrested alive. more info will be released in future.

yes this was unprecedented but that shows even after 40 years, since the last time something like this happened, the forces were ready. 

 

The parliament building and the main area of it where the meetings take place, are under ground. these terrorists when faced the guards they fled to upper floors where they got finally killed, it's separate from the parliament building, shown in the photo.

 

anyone with any suspicious information can call 113.

 

Yes of course it was a huge shock, because Iran is Not France, Not UK. 

 

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6 minutes ago, flitox said:

 

i understand it has to be a big shock for ya, you were so proud of your security and yet you're seeing they are no better than of those france or uk or anywhere in the world.

 

so 1st terrorsit attack after all those years and yet you want us to believe isis was created to destabilize iran....  huummm you gotta like being feed propoganda

 

 

Firstly RIP for those innocent victims perished...

 

 

then there's big political situation, in relation to the Qatar hostages and ransom paid... and several big players, from different fractions making threats towards Qatar, for $1bn dollar ransom paid ...

 

Not even mentioning Iran being itself not that single fraction country...

 

Just sad, that people chose bloodshed, instead of resolving issues in civilized manner

 

 

 

 

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I hope the Gulf countries will Not be further destabilized...

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Please: to lighten up a little:   :flowers:

“I went out to milk the cow one day With my stool and my bucket
And my fork full of hay.
I flung down my bucket
And I flopped on my stool
And said, “Be still Bossy, you stubborn ol fool.
Be still now Bossy, quit jumpin around.
I’ve been out all night just a-sneakin around.”
And she looked sympathetic, with her eyes big and brown
And said, “Just hold on and I’ll jump up and down.”
— June Carter on the Johnny Cash TV show

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2 hours ago, adi said:

Please: to lighten up a little:   :flowers:

“I went out to milk the cow one day With my stool and my bucket
And my fork full of hay.
I flung down my bucket
And I flopped on my stool
And said, “Be still Bossy, you stubborn ol fool.
Be still now Bossy, quit jumpin around.
I’ve been out all night just a-sneakin around.”
And she looked sympathetic, with her eyes big and brown
And said, “Just hold on and I’ll jump up and down.”
— June Carter on the Johnny Cash TV show

 

 

xD :D 

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People have been talking of 3rd World War but actually we are all into the 3rd World War. The War of Terrorism. Every country is now victim of this war, terrorism is actually the biggest enemy now and its the same for every country. But our leaders are not serious about it. This war is becoming more and more brutal. Every country should forget their dispute and come together to fight this war. We can only win this war if we fight it united otherwise there will be no one to save us.

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