IRAN

ISIS Claims Twin Attacks In Tehran That Killed 17

Iranian media reported a shooting at the Parliament and a suicide bombing at the Ayatollah Khomeini shrine

IRAN
A boy is evacuated during the attack on the Iranian Parliament — REUTERS
Jun 07, 2017 at 3:27 AM ET

Update, June 8, 2017: In its weekly bulletin, the Islamic State released an image on Thursday that allegedly showed the five attackers responsible for the terror attack in Tehran, Iran. In that same bulletin, ISIS also claimed, for the first time, that all five of the people were Iranian nationals.

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for two deadly attacks in Tehran, Iran, that left at least 17 people dead and 40 more injured after a shooting at the Parliament and a suicide bombing at a religious shrine outside of the capital.

“ISIS fighters have attacked the tomb of Khomeini and the Iranian Parliament in Tehran,” said the group in its official news outlet, Amaq. It posted another statement minutes later: “Two suicide attacks used suicide belts at Khomeini’s mausoleum in Tehran.”

Iran’s revolutionary guard issued a statement Wednesday evening blaming Saudi Arabia — which Iran has accused of financially, ideologically and logistically supporting ISIS — for the attacks. It said that Iran would not allow blood to be shed “without revenge.”

“The world, and especially Iran, see this attack, which took place a week after the American President’s joint meeting with the heads of one of the reactionary countries in the region that supports terror, as greatly significant,” read the statement, in reference to President Donald Trump’s May summit in Saudi Arabia, during which Sunni Arab leaders vowed to unite in order to counter Iran. “That ISIS has claimed responsibility indicates [Saudi Arabia’s] involvement in this act of cruelty.” 

Footage of the shooting at the Parliament.

Iranian TV said that gunmen had killed at least one guard and injured at least eight more inside the Parliament. The semi-official Tasnim news agency on Wednesday afternoon said that the four attackers have been killed.

In a simultaneous incident, a number of assailants, including a suicide bomber, detonated an explosive and opened fire at the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the late Iranian supreme religious leader founder of the Islamic Republic, according to Iranian TV.

The attacks come in the middle of the month-long holiday of Ramadan.

Shiite Iran has long battled Sunni jihadis, including ISIS, but most of the fighting between the two Muslim sects have occurred in the region’s proxy battlefields in Syria and Iraq, rather than on Iranian soil.

Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini launched the Iranian Islamic revolution in 1979 and is revered throughout the Shiite Muslim world.

This is a developing story, please check back for updates.