ISIS claimed responsibility for two Wednesday attacks in Tehran in which Iran’s parliament and the nearby shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini were stormed by suicide bombers and gunmen. At least two victims died and 30 were injured in the attacks.
According to SITE Intel Group, the attacks were the first orchestrated by ISIS in Iran.
ISIS has since released video taken from inside the parliament building while the attack was occurring.
Four terrorists were involved in the assault, and all were killed.
A statement broadcast by Iranian state television noted that one of the terrorists blew himself up inside the parliament building, where a session was in progress. The report quoted lawmaker Elias Hazrati who said that the terrorists were armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles.
According to an Associated Press reporter, police snipers were located on the rooftops of buildings around parliament, shops in the area were closed, and gunfire could be heard. Witnesses reported that the terrorists were firing from the fourth floor of the parliament building at people in the streets below.
“I was passing by one of the streets. I thought that children were playing with fireworks, but I realized people are hiding and lying down on the streets,” Ebrahim Ghanimi, who was near the parliament building when the attack occurred. “With the help of a taxi driver, I reached a nearby alley.”
Fox News reported that “Police helicopters circled over the parliament building and all mobile phone lines from inside were disconnected. The semi-official ISNA news agency said all entrance and exit gates at parliament were closed and that lawmakers and reporters were ordered to remain in place inside the chamber.”
At the shrine attack, a security guard was killed and four people wounded. One of the attackers was also killed by a security guard at the shrine. Another allegedly perpetrated a suicide bombing.
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