Attack on Iran Parliament and Ayatollah Khomeini Mausoleum

On Wednesday the 7th, five men and a woman stormed the Iran parliament building and the Ayatollah Khomeini mausoleum which are located in and around the capital of Iran, Tehran. The attacks occurred simultaneously during broad daylight and induced panic and mayhem for several hours.

Security forces during the attack on parliament. (Tasnim News Agency, via Reuters)

Iran Parliament Building

Four gunmen (reportedly dressed as women) opened fire at the main gates of the Iran parliament building, a suicide vest was detonated and hostages were taken.  The assault lasted for over three hours and lawmakers were in session at the time.

Police officers after the assault on the Ayatollah Khomeini mausoleum. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Ayatollah Khomeini Mausoleum

Two attackers targeted the Ayatollah Khomeini mausoleum, the tomb of the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran.  The Ayatollah Khomeini mausoleum is approximately located 15 miles from the Iran parliament building and guns and a suicide bomb were implemented in the mausoleum assault.

The Aftermath

Four of the assailants were killed by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and there is currently a death toll of 15 with 52 persons injured.

The Islamic State is currently claiming responsibility for the assaults. This is the first time that the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for an attack on Iran.