Brutal revenge: Rare attack in Iran shows how country responds to terrorism

Lauren Perry
June 8, 2017

Earlier: A security guard has been killed and 12 other people injured in twin attacks on Iran's parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. It said one of the attackers at the shrine was killed by security guards and that a woman was arrested.

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday expressed sympathy for the victims of a terror attack in Iran that killed 13 people, but issued a barbed warning that the country was reaping what it sowed.

The attacks took place less than a month after the re-election of President Hassan Rouhani, a moderate, whose landslide victory defeated candidates supported by the hardline clergy and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), which is responsible for national security.

Iranian authorities say that at least 12 people have been killed in addition to assailants in today's terror attacks in Tehran.

There are reports of injuries at both the parliamentary building and the shrine.

"We grieve and pray for the innocent victims of the terrorist attacks in Iran, and for the Iranian people, who are going through such challenging times", he said in the two-sentence statement.

"The country has just suffered from two significant terrorist attacks after electing a moderate government with 57 percent of the vote-we need to give Iran the opportunity to recover and set a new course", she said.

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As the parliament attack unfolded, gunmen and suicide bombers also struck outside Khomeini's mausoleum on Tehran's southern outskirts. As reports said, several armed people tried to break their way into the Parliament building. As Iran's first Supreme Leader, Khomeini is a towering figure in the country and was its revolutionary leader in the 1979 ouster of the shah.

The attackers managed to get inside the building and engaged in a shootout with the security forces.

Iran's Deputy Interior Minister Mohammad Hossein Zolfaghari told IRIB the male attackers wore women's attire.

It was not immediately clear who was behind the attacks or if they were co-ordinated. The semi-official ISNA news agency said all entrance and exit gates at parliament were closed and that lawmakers and reporters were ordered to remain in place inside the chamber.

"Three of the assailants shot tens of rounds at the people visiting the shrine, while the fourth one detonated herself in a suicide attack in front of a police station opposite the shrine", according to the reports.

Four pilgrims were wounded at the mausoleum.

Other reports by VgToday

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