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Twin attacks in Iran kill at least 7

Jun 07, 2017 18:04 IST
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Gunmen raided Iran’s parliament and opened fire at the mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini a few kilometres south of the capital on Wednesday morning, in near-simultaneous assaults that killed up to seven people, media reported. Tasmin news agency said there were unconfirmed reports that the attackers had taken four hostages inside the parliament building. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for both attacks. 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.