FILE – This June 4, 2007 file photo shows Iranians in Tehran attending ceremonies on the 18th anniversary of the death of Iran’s late leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, outside his shrine. English-language state TV has reported an explosion at the shrine amidst protests. State TV said Wednesday, June 7, 2017 that four ‘terrorists,’ including suicide bomber, attacked the Khomeini shrine. (AP Photo/Hasan Sarbakhshian, File)
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) The Latest on attacks in Iran’s parliament building and the shrine of the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (all times local):
2 p.m. 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.
11:30 a.m. 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.
11:15 a.m. 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.
The Navy veteran suspected of driving his car into pedestrians in New York reportedly told police he had been hearing voices at the time.
Richard Rojas, 26, is accused of steering his car onto the pavement in the heart of Times Square, driving for three blocks and hitting 23 pedestrians along the way. One of them – a teenager – died.
He then walked from the vehicle waving his arms before being tackled by members of the public, including a ticket seller and a security guard at a Planet Hollywood restaurant.
Initially, there were fears the incident had been a terrorist attack but investigators discounted that and are focusing on Rojas’s sobriety and mental health.
Rojas, who lived in the Bronx, said he was hearing voices and had expected to die, according to law enforcement officials quoted by the Associated Press.
He tested negative for alcohol but it is understood that he is also undergoing tests while in police custody to see if he had taken drugs.
People who lived near Rojas described him as a friendly man who had been having problems.
Last week, he was arrested and charged after allegedly threatening a notary with a knife. He had accused the notary of stealing his identity.
In 2008 and 2015, he was arrested for drink-driving. After pleading guilty in 2015, he lost his driving license for 90 days.
During this time, he had told police he was being harassed and followed.
Rojas enlisted in the US Navy in 2011 and served on the destroyer USS Carney in 2012.
His most recent base was at Jacksonville in Florida but he was discharged three years ago after being court-martialled for reasons that have not been disclosed.
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