Twelve people were killed on Wednesday morning when gunmen stormed Iran’s parliament and Ayatollah Khomeini’s mausoleum in twin attacks claimed by the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group.
In the first attack, four gunmen disguised as women charged through the parliamentary complex’s main entrance and opened fire while one detonated a suicide vest, according to local media and deputy interior minister Mohammad Hossein Zolfaghari.
Iranian security officials announced five hours later that the four terrorists had been killed, while ISIS, through its news agency, claimed responsibility for the attack.
Shortly after the first attack, a terrorist detonated a suicide vest outside the mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini just a few kilometers south of Tehran.
According to Mr. Zolfaghari , a second attacker was shot dead near the shrine.
The Iranian emergency service announced that a total of 12 people were killed in both attacks.
Reuters reports that the Iranian intelligence agency claimed that it had stopped a third attack, but provided no further details.
The attacks, the first in Iran claimed by the Islamic State, occurred amidst high tensions in the Shiite country. Iran’s regional rival, Saudi Arabia, along with other Sunni Gulf countries, severed ties with Qatar on Monday, accusing the country of backing Iran.