Several dead in suicide attacks on Iranian parliament and shrine in Tehran


Gunmen and suicide bombers have carried out apparently coordinated attacks on Iran’s parliament and the tomb of revolutionary founder Ruhollah Khomeini in Tehran, killing a number of people.

Four gunmen burst into Tehran’s parliament complex with rifles and a pistol, and one of the attackers blew himself up on the fourth floor, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported, putting the death toll at three.

Tasnim news agency said unconfirmed sources on the ground were reporting that seven people including a guard had been killed.

Journalists reported on social media that MPs had been taken hostage and that the attackers continued to shoot at people outside the building.

Police helicopters were circling over the parliament building and all mobile phone lines from inside were disconnected. All entrance and exit gates at parliament were closed and politicians and reporters were ordered to remain in place inside the chamber, where a session had been in progress. Continue reading.