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IRAN: 12 feared dead as gunmen, suicide bombers attack parliament, Mausoleum

IRAN: 12 feared dead as gunmen, suicide bombers attack parliament, Mausoleum

An attack by four armed assailants on Iran’s parliament and the Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini in Tehran, has left no less than 12 people dead in an incident which has been claimed by ISIS.

Reports say the armed men struck parliament office buildings on Wednesday morning, while the Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini in south of the city was struck by a suicide bomber, according to state media.

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“There was panic going through the streets of the capital because of the attacks. It was chaos inside the parliament,” Al Jazeera’s Andrew Simmons said.

“It is very likely that these attacks were coordinated. It’s hardly a coincidence that it happened within minutes of each other.”

One of the attackers on Iran’s parliament complex blew himself up on the fourth floor, while under siege by security forces, state broadcaster IRIB reported.

At least 39 people were wounded in the attacks, officials said.

 

 

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