The Latest: Pakistan condemns twin Iran attacks
The Latest on attacks in Iran’s parliament building and the shrine of the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (all times local):
5:45 p.m. Pakistan has condemned twin attacks on Iran’s parliament and a shrine to its revolutionary leader. The Foreign Office said Islamabad stands in solidarity with the people of Iran after Wednesday’s attacks, which killed at least 12 people and were claimed by the Islamic State group.
Pakistan shares a porous border with Iran, and the two sides agreed to boost security last month after gunmen killed 10 Iranian border guards.
5 p.m. Syria has condemned the “terrorist attacks” that targeted the Iranian parliament and the mausoleum of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. The Foreign Ministry says Wednesday’s attacks were backed by various governments, without specifying. The attacks were claimed by the Islamic State group, which Syria routinely claims, without evidence, is backed by Western and other powers that want to remove President Bashar Assad from power.
Iran has been a key backer of Assad throughout Syria’s six-year-long civil war. It has shored up the government with arms and energy transfers and sent elite fighters, top military advisers, and thousands of militiamen to bolster Assad’s forces. Iran and Syria both cast the conflict as a struggle against Sunni Islamist terrorism. Their opponents instead blame the two governments for casting the conflict in starkly sectarian terms.
4:45 p.m. Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered his condolences after twin attacks on Iran’s parliament and a shrine to its revolutionary leader, vowing aid in the fight against international terrorism.
In a message released by the Kremlin after Wednesday’s attacks, Putin said Russia “resolutely condemns” the violence. Putin said the attacks underscore the need for deeper international cooperation to fight terrorism and confirmed Moscow’s willingness to aid Iran. The Islamic State group claimed the attacks, marking the first time it has taken responsibility for an assault in Iran. The Sunni extremists are battling Iranian and Russian-backed forces in Syria and Iraq.
An Iranian state-run news website says 12 people were killed and 42 wounded in attacks on the country’s parliament and the shrine of its revolutionary leader. Mizan Online, which is affiliated with the judiciary, attributed the toll from Wednesday’s attacks to Pirhossein Kolivand, the head of Iran’s emergency department. Several gunmen and suicide bombers attacked parliament and the shrine to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, setting off an hours-long siege at the legislature that ended with four attackers dead. The Islamic State group claimed the attacks.
A 24-second video released by the Islamic State group’s Aamaq news agency purports to show the siege of Iran’s parliament. The video, circulated online, shows a gunman and a bloody, lifeless body of a man lying on the ground next to a desk. A voice on the video praises God and says in Arabic: “Do you think we will leave? We will remain, God willing.” Another voice repeats the same words. The two appeared to be parroting a slogan used by IS spokesman Abu Mohammad al-Adnani, who was killed in Syria last year.
IS rarely releases statements or other media about ongoing operations. The video emerged before Iranian media reported that the siege had ended, with four attackers killed. The group has claimed the attack on Iran’s parliament and another on the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on Wednesday, which killed at least two and wounded more than 30 people.
3:30 p.m. Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency says the siege at parliament is over and that four attackers have been killed.
Gunmen and suicide bombers attacked parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on Wednesday, killing at least two security guards and wounding more than 30 people. The Islamic State group claimed both attacks. The attack on parliament, which was in session at the time, lasted more than three hours. Police surrounded the building and gunfire could be heard from outside. It marked the first time IS has claimed an attack in Iran. The Sunni extremist group is at war with Iranian-backed forces in Syria and Iraq, and views Iran’s Shiite majority as apostates deserving of death.
Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency says two security guards have been killed and more than 30 people wounded in attacks on the parliament building and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Assailants armed with Kalashnikov rifles stormed the parliament building Wednesday and one of the attackers blew himself up inside, where a session had been in progress. Another group of attackers, including a second suicide bomber, struck the shrine. The Islamic State group claimed the attack, marking the first time it has taken responsibility for an assault in Iran. The Sunni extremist group is at war with Iran-backed forces in Syria and Iraq.
The Islamic State group has claimed attacks on Iran’s parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, which killed at least one person and wounded several others. The claim was carried by the IS-run Aamaq news agency and circulated among the group’s followers over social media. The Sunni extremist group is at war with Iranian-backed groups in Syria and Iran and views Iran’s Shiite majority as apostates deserving of death.
Iranian media says several attackers, including suicide bombers, took part in the assaults on both sites, with the parliament attack still underway. Lawmakers were in session at the time of the attack, and have been ordered to remain in place.
1:15 p.m. Iranian state TV says one of the attackers taking part in an assault on parliament has blown himself up. It says four attackers launched Wednesday’s assault on parliament, which has wounded at least eight people. Police have surrounded the building, where a legislative session was underway, and heavy gunfire could be heard from outside.
A separate assault at the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, in another part of Tehran, killed a security guard and wounded four other people. It was not immediately clear who was behind the attacks or if they were coordinated.
Iran’s state TV says four attackers were involved in a parliament shooting that is still underway, and that eight people have been wounded. The state TV report did not provide further details, or say whether the shooting was linked to another attack Wednesday on the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. There, four attackers, including a suicide bomber, killed a security guard and wounded four other people. State TV said one of the attackers was killed by security guards and that a woman was arrested following the shrine attack.
Iran’s state TV news website says four “terrorists,” including a suicide bomber, have attacked the shrine of the late leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in the capital, Tehran, killing a security guard and wounding four people. State TV said one of the attackers was killed by security guards and that a woman was arrested following Wednesday’s attack. Iranian media earlier reported a shooting inside the parliament building that wounded a security guard, without providing further details. It was not immediately clear if the attacks were related.
Iranian media says a man has opened fire inside the parliament building, wounding a security guard in an attack that is still underway.
The semi-official Tasnim news agency says medics are treating the guard. It did not provide further details about Wednesday’s shooting.