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17 dead in ISIS attacks on Iran's Parliament, Imam Khomeini Mausoleum

06:45 PM | 7 Jun, 2017
17 dead in ISIS attacks on Iran's Parliament, Imam Khomeini Mausoleum

TEHRAN - Seventeen people were killed while 52 others were injured in a series of attacks with one targeting Iran's parliament and the other one at Imam Khomeini Mausoleum on Wednesday.

Iranian Media Reports


Media reports emerging out of Tehran suggest that two attacks happened in Iran. The first one relates to an armed man who entered the western entrance of the mausoleum and opened fire before blowing himself up with a suicide vest.

One person was also killed however, it was not sure whether he was the suicide bomber himself, reported ISNA news agency.

On the other hand, Fars news agency gave a different view and claimed that four unidentified armed assailants started a shooting spree at Imam Khomeini's shrine.

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

Reportedly, 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.


Pirhossein Kolivand, the head of Iran's emergency department, was quoted by Mizan Online, an Iranian state-run news website, as saying that 12 people were killed and 42 wounded in the two attacks.

https://twitter.com/PressTV/status/872345018798886913

In another incident, an assailant opened his way into the parliament building while shooting at the guards, leading to the injury of one of the IRGC guards and six civilians.

However, there were mixed reports, with some local news agencies reporting there was a single shooter inside the Tehran parliamentary complex and others saying there were three men armed with rifles and a pistol.

The Tasnim news agency said that the identity and motivation of the assailant was still unclear and reports are rife that the shooting was still on and several people were held hostage inside the parliament building.

Senior member of the parliament's Presiding Board Akbar Ranjbarzadeh said that the assailant was arrested at the parliament's hallway.

Meantime, Elyas Hazrati, a senior MP, said that three assailants attacked the parliament, carrying 2 Kalashnikov rifles and a handgun.

Contradictory reports are coming from the parliament as one of the deputies said the assailants were three and have been trapped in the offices of the deputies.

Interior Minister Abdol Rahman Fazli confirmed that he had convened a special meeting of the country’s security council in the wake of terror attacks.



Responsibility Claims


The notorious ISIS claimed responsibility for twin attacks at the Iranian parliament and the tomb of Ayatollah Khomeini in Tehran, in what would be the first time it has carried out a major terror operation on Iranian soil.

https://en.dailypakistan.com.pk/world/isis-claims-responsibility-for-iran-parliament-tomb-attacks-that-killed-7/

The militant group announced the development through its Amaq news agency.

A disturbing video emerged from the Iranian parliament depicting two ISIS insurgents running rampage inside the building’s 4th and 5th floors, killing state workers at random.

In support of the claim, Amaq Agency published a mobile video recorded by the assailant himself who could be heard yelling in Arabic with a Persian dialect: “Do you ever think we (red. ISIS) will leave? We are here to stay, with Allah’s permission.”

Social Media Reports


Independent social media buffs and journalists with a wide-spread knowledge of changing situation in Iran give a different view of the scenario that could baffle the outsiders.

In a series of Tweets, award-winning journalist Naveed Ahmad described the whole Iran episode suggesting that the attack in Iran's parliament could be inside job as it was heavily guarded.

https://twitter.com/naveed360/status/872362303617990657

Naveed, detailed that no official figure was available regarding the casualties however they ranged between 2 nd 20.

https://twitter.com/naveed360/status/872360072617308161

https://twitter.com/naveed360/status/872357034511015936

No militant group including ISIS or al-Qaeda has claimed responsibility for the deadly attacks that apparently look coordinated.

https://twitter.com/naveed360/status/872355684247121920

According to the journalist, Iran recruited mercenaries to safeguards shrines in Syria and Iraq however, the mausoleum of Khomeini inside its own territory was not safe.

https://twitter.com/naveed360/status/872353702778155008

He also divulged Iran's policy of downplaying the incident and fudging the figures.

https://twitter.com/naveed360/status/872368684949483520

https://twitter.com/naveed360/status/872377566031736834

Not only the media coverage was restricted, social media users were also gagged by suspending cellular service however it was expected that videos related to the incident would surface due to tech-savvy youth in Muslim state.

https://twitter.com/naveed360/status/872369549563351041

https://twitter.com/naveed360/status/872372797871443972

Naveed observed that the Parliament of Iran was toothless and it rarely went mainstream on global media.

https://twitter.com/naveed360/status/872376962009968641

Iran's Fars agency initially pointed fingers at ISIS for wreaking havoc in capital however, it took back the allegations after some time.

https://twitter.com/naveed360/status/872382420561080320

https://twitter.com/naveed360/status/872383195605553152

The journalist extensively covering the developments unfolding in Pakistan's neighbourhood also reported that IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) has mobilised troops around key installations across the country, especially Tehran which has been epic centre of today’s terror attacks.

It bears mentioning that at Iraq's city Mosul, both Iran and ISIS are in a conflict and according to disputed claims, the attack could be a staged one to pave way for oustering Hassan Rouhani.

https://twitter.com/naveed360/status/872386115570946049

This is a developing story...

Hamza Rao is a member of the staff at Daily Pakistan. He can be reached at raohamzafree@gmail.com. He tweets at @HamzaRaoxxx

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