Tehran terror attack: 12 people killed and 42 wounded

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Shafaqna – FNA- The Iranian interior ministry in a statement on Wednesday afternoon confirmed that 12 people have been killed and 42 others wounded in this morning’s terrorist attacks in Tehran, stressing that the security situation is now fully under control.

Two terrorist teams simultaneously entered the area around the holy shrine of (the late founder of the Islamic Republic) Imam Khomeini and the administrative building of the parliament on Wednesday, the statement said.

“The first terrorist team, comprised of two people, entered Imam’s shrine at 10:30 local time (06:00 GMT). The first person was killed in a suicide blast and the second person was killed in clashes with the security forces after he conducted some blind shooting,” it added.

“Simultaneous with the first team, the second terrorist team that included four people tried to opened its way into the parliament’s administrative building but after the reaction of one of the security guards, one of them was killed in a suicide blast and three others were killed in clashes with the security forces after blind shootings and attempts to enter the upper floors of the parliament’s administrative building,” the statement said, adding that 12 Iranian people were killed and 42 others were wounded by the terrorists on Wednesday.

“Now, both incidents have ended and the situation is fully under the control of the security and law enforcement police forces,” it underlined.

The statement added that the country’s security council, headed by the interior minister, will hold a meeting on Wednesday evening to scrutinize the two terrorist incidents.

Zarif Condemns Terrorist Attacks in Tehran

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif deplored the Wednesday morning terrorist attacks in Tehran which killed at least 12 people.

“Terrorism is a problem that we are facing at the global level and in the Middle-East,” Zarif said on Wednesday upon arrival in Turkey to discuss bilateral ties and the regional developments, specially Syria, with the high-ranking Turkish officials.

He condemned the terrorist attacks in Tehran, warning that the region is in highly bad conditions, considering the security issues and the terrorist attacks being carried out in different regional countries.

The Iranian security and IRGC forces killed all the four terrorists who attacked the parliament building on Wednesday morning, bringing the situation under control after several hours of clashes.

Officials declared that all the terrorists have been killed and the security situation is fully under control.

Also, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani visited the parliament building minutes ago.

Meantime, caretaker of Iran’s emergency unit said that the number of martyred people in the two terrorist attacks on the parliament and the holy shrine of the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini, in Tehran has increased to 12, adding that 42 people were wounded.

Four unknown male assailants fired several rounds at the guards protecting the parliament building in Tehran, killing at least five and wounding 25 others in the hallway on Wednesday morning.

According to initial reports, the assailants opened their way into the parliament’s administrative building while shooting at the guards, killing at least two IRGC guards and three others, and wounding 25 civilians.

Four of the victims were killed on the scene of the attack, while a fifth one succumbed to his injuries at a nearby hospital.

Ten of the wounded victims were civilians who had come from different constituencies to visit their deputies.

Also, several assailants raided the holy shrine of the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini, South of the capital Tehran on Wednesday morning, killing at least two and wounding ten others in a bomb attack and a shooting spree.

The number of the victims of the terrorist attack who lost their lives grew to 12 according to caretaker of Iran’s emergency unit.

FNA reports said four unidentified armed assailants started a shooting spree at Imam Khomeini’s shrine this morning.

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.

FNA dispatches said the suicide attacker was a female.

The law enforcement and guards at the shrine said they have also defused another suicide vest at the scene.

ISIL’s official website, Amaq, issued a statement at 09:00 GMT claiming responsibility for both attacks.

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