Islamic State claims responsibility for attacks on prominent Iranian sites


( The Islamic State terror group Wednesday claimed responsibility for coordinated attacks on the Iranian parliament and the mausoleum of former Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, both prominent symbols of Iran’s regime.

The mausoleum of former Iranian Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini. Credit: Diego Delso via Wikimedia Commons.

In the Sunni terrorist group’s attacks against the Shi’a nation, known as the world’s leading state sponsor of terror, at least 12 people were killed and 35 were wounded. Four individuals were taken hostage during the raid on the Iranian parliament. Two suicide bombers carried out attacks at Khomeini’s shrine, according to the Islamic State-affiliated Amaq news agency.

Iran’s Interior Ministry convened an emergency security meeting in response to the attacks, the Iranian state-run IRNA news agency reported.

Iranian Deputy Interior Minister Mohammad Hossein Zolfaghari said male attackers wore women’s clothing, while Iran’s Intelligence Ministry said a third attack was foiled. 

Posted on June 7, 2017 .