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Attackers raided Iran’s parliament and opened fire at the Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini a few kilometres south of the capital on Wednesday morning, in near simultaneous assaults that killed up to seven people, media reported.

Tasmin news agency said there were unconfirmed reports that the attackers had taken four hostages inside the parliament building.

Three assailants, one with a pistol and two with AK-47 assault rifles, carried out the attack in central Tehran, lawmaker Elias Hazrati told state television.

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. The attackers killed seven people and wounded several others, Tasmin said.

"I was inside the parliament when shooting happened. Everyone was shocked and scared. I saw two men shooting randomly," said one journalist at the scene, who asked not to be named.

Around half an hour later, an attacker opened fire at the Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini, injuring several members of the public, Iran's English-language Press TV said.

State news agency IRNA quoted an official at the mausoleum as saying the attacker had set off a suicide bomb after shooting at people.

Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini launched the Islamic revolution in 1979.

Iranian TV said parliament had resumed, and broadcast footage of what it said was the opening session proceeding normally.(Reuters)

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  • ravin Thursday, 08 June 2017 09:03 AM

    Look around middle east. This is part of supremacy struggle.

    BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 07 June 2017 01:16 PM

    The countries that actively sponsored Islamic terrorism Iran and Pakistan and exported the same to other countries are now getting the works.

    response Wednesday, 07 June 2017 01:25 PM

    If such an incident happened in USA, there will be an immediate scud missile response on to the country who they (USA) suspect (even without proof) was behind such an attack. If Iran reacts then there will be a spate of sanctions (to say the least)

    vihura Wednesday, 07 June 2017 06:02 PM

    Scud... you must be kidding the military hardware of the US are technologically well advanced than any other nation on this planet.

    sach Wednesday, 07 June 2017 06:21 PM

    Remember people this was our state ( actually worse than this) 8 years before, cherish that victory and respect those leaders and armed forces heroes because of whom we live freely

    Lib Wednesday, 07 June 2017 06:22 PM

    Democracy terrorists?

    weaponry Wednesday, 07 June 2017 06:44 PM

    Vihura - OK -USA can rest on their laurels, and even do more advancements on this field - However , we have to yet to see what other nations have up their sleeve in their weaponry. Better not be over confident .

    Cause Wednesday, 07 June 2017 06:50 PM

    Also people, remember what was the cause of this state of affairs - Our "leaders" (if is that you wish to call them) and are heroic forces should not allow such causes to to raise their head and effect our people !

    sach Wednesday, 07 June 2017 07:40 PM

    And those leaders who did not manage it well are back in power


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