Iran Holds Saudi Arabia Responsible for Twin Terror Attacks in Tehran

Fars News Agency Omid Vahabzadeh via AP

Fars News Agency Omid Vahabzadeh via AP

Deputy Interior Minister Mohammad Hossein Zolfaghari told Iran's state TV the apparently male attackers wore women's attire.

Iranian state media said police helicopters were circling over the parliament building and that all mobile phone lines from inside were disconnected. Iranian human rights campaigners say hardline politicians and news outlets close to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) have already begun placing blame for the Tehran attacks on reformist and centrist officials who have been critical of Iran's security forces. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility.

There are reports of injuries at both the parliamentary building and the shrine. As Iran's first Supreme Leader, Khomeini is a towering figure in the country and was its revolutionary leader in the 1979 ouster of the shah. It said one of the attackers at the shrine was killed by security guards and that a woman was arrested.

At least 12 were killed and at least 43 wounded in dual terrorist bombings at at Iranian parliament and the Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini in Tehran Wednesday.

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Islamic State claimed responsibility and released a video purporting to show gunmen inside the parliament building and one man, who appeared wounded, on the floor.

The attackers managed to get inside the building and engaged in a shootout with the security forces.

The semi-official Tasnim news agency says medics are treating the guard. The Armenian Parliament resumed its session with a moment of silence, expressing solidarity to the people of Iran as terror attacks hit Tehran in the morning of June 7.

It was not immediately clear who was behind the attacks or if they were co-ordinated.

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The Wednesday terrorist attack on the Iranian Parliament and the police siege of the building finished in the afternoon.

An official at Khomeini's mausoleum in south Tehran said "three or four" people had entered via the western entrance and opened fire, according to the Fars news agency. Yet another suicide bomber carried out the attack at the tomb of Iran's revolutionary leader.

"Let us tell the people of Iran that while we have serious disagreements with them on a number of issues, that today when they are mourning, when they are dealing with the shock of a terrorist attack, today is not the day to go forward with this piece of legislation", Sen. Predominantly Shiite Iran has been dealing with a Sunni resistance movement in the Baluchestan and Sistan provinces along the border shared with Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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