Twin Attacks Hit Iran Parliament, Khomeini Shrine
ISIS claims responsibility after attacks stun Tehran, kill at least 12
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 7, 2017 3:52 AM CDT
Updated Jun 7, 2017 6:40 AM CDT
A man hands a child to a security guard from Iran's parliament building in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, June 7, 2017.   (Fars News Agency, Omid Vahabzadeh via AP)
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(Newser) – Terror in Tehran: Several attackers stormed into Iran's parliament and a second group of attackers including a suicide bomber targeted the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on Wednesday. At least 12 people were killed and 42 people were wounded in the twin attacks, reports the AP. ISIS claimed responsibility, marking the first time it has taken responsibility for an assault in Iran, the AP reports. The Sunni extremist group is fighting Iran-backed forces in Syria and Iraq.

The Iranian Intelligence Ministry says security forces were able to thwart a third terrorist attack in the country's capital. In one image in state media, a man was seen lowering a young boy from the parliament building. Authorities say a woman was arrested at the scene of the shrine attack. The attack on the tomb of Khomeini was symbolically stunning, the AP notes. As Iran's first Supreme Leader, Khomeini is a towering figure in the country and was its revolutionary leader in the 1979 ouster of the shah.

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