Iran’s Parliament (Majlis) and the mausoleum of the late founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini in the capital Tehran have come under terrorist attack.
According to reports, a dozen people have been killed in Wednesday’s attacks while another 42 have been injured and admitted to 3 hospitals to receive treatment, PressTV reported.
Daesh — the Islamic State (IS) is claiming responsibility for the twin assaults, believed to be the group’s first attacks in Iran.
IS said it had carried out the attack and later posted a video which showed what it claimed was footage from inside the parliament building. A voice is heard saying, in Arabic: “We’re not going anywhere. We’re staying forever.”
The attack on the parliament happened when at least four gunmen, disguised as women, entered the visitors’ hall of the building, opening fire on the security guards there and setting off an hours-long siege at the legislature. One of the attackers later blew himself up inside, where a session had been in progress, according to a statement carried by Iran’s state TV. The attack lasted more than three hours.
According to a statement of Iran’s Interior Ministry, the terrorists were all killed before they could make it to the administrative building of the parliament.
Zarif, who arrived in Turkey on Wednesday for an official visit, denounced the “indiscriminate” terror attacks and said terrorism was threatening the Middle East and the rest of the world. HE warned about the rise of terrorism as a serious threat to global security.
“Very grave conditions are prevailing in the region” in the in terms of security, Zarif said at Ankara’s Esenboga Airport.
Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani also condemned the attacks as “cowardly” and said they meant to undermine Tehran’s anti-terror fight.
The international community has strongly condemned the twin terrorist attacks.
Pakistani Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria denounced the terrorist attacks, stating that Islamabad stands in solidarity with the people of Iran in their hour of grief.
He also expressed condolences to the Iranian nation, government and the bereaved families, and prayed for the quick recovery of those injured.
Zakaria said terrorism is a global phenomenon requiring a resolute and coordinated approach to eradicate.
European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini conveyed her heartfelt condolences to the Iranian authorities and nation over the attacks and said, “This is obviously a very sad day again for us anytime there is a terrorist attack anywhere in the world,” she told reporters in Brussels on Wednesday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a message addressed to his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani, expressed condolences and prayed for the quick recovery of those injured. “Moscow strongly condemns the attacks, and is prated to cooperate with Tehran in the fight against terror,” Putin said.
Sunni extremists, including Daesh, despise Shiite-majority Iran. Iran has also come under attack in the past by Arab insurgents.
The unusual attacks in Iran prompted the Interior Ministry to call for an urgent security meeting, according to the state-run IRNA news agency. Officials urged people to avoid using public transportation until further notice.