Terrorists opened fire at two locations in Tehran in what appears to be a coordinated attack. Explosions caused by suicide bombers at both of the scenes were also reported. At least 12 people have been confirmed dead. A hostage situation is currently unfolding in the Iranian Parliament building. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Watch: Footage from the parliament building
Terrorists launched major attacks at two different locations in Iran’s capital of Tehran on Wednesday. The first attack took place at the Iranian Parliament building when four armed men stormed the place, opening fire and taking people hostage. Shortly thereafter, it was reported that one of the terrorists was apparently wearing an explosive belt and blew himself up inside the building. The second attack took place at the tomb of revolutionary Iran’s first supreme religious leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
According to Amaq News Agency, the murderous terrorist organization’s media outlet, ISIS has claimed responsibility for the twin attacks in which at least 12 people were murdered. In light of the attacks, Iranian intelligence agencies called on the public to avoid public transportation for the time being. The agencies also announced that several terrorists who were on their way to carry out a third attack somewhere in the city were arrested.
The Iranian Parliament building, today Photo Credit: Fars News Agency/Channel 2 News
According to various reports, one of the terrorists from the parliament attack has been arrested. Iran’s Fars News Agency reported: “An armed man entered the parliament building and started shooting at the guards. He hit one of them in the leg and fled the scene.” Iranian security forces apprehended him while he was trying to escape. According to the Iranian Tasnim News Agency, four people are being held hostage by the terrorists in the building. It was also reported that the security forces have eliminated one of the terrorists.
During the terror attack at Khomeini’s shrine, a female terrorist opened fire and then blew herself up at the scene, murdering at least one and injuring several more.