The assaults unfolded over a number of hours, beginning round 10:30 a.m., when males armed with assault rifles and suicide vests — a few of them dressed as ladies — descended on the Parliament constructing, killing a minimum of one safety guard, and wounding and kidnapping different individuals. The standoff lasted for about 4 hours.
The constructing has been present process renovations meant to reinforce safety, notably on the entrance, however they’ve but to be accomplished.
In an indication that elite safety forces had encountered hassle containing the state of affairs, one attacker left the Parliament an hour into the siege, then ran round capturing on Tehran’s streets earlier than returning to the constructing — the place no less than one of many assailants blew himself up on the fourth flooring as others continued firing from the home windows.
“I can’t speak, I’m caught right here and the state of affairs is absolutely harmful, the capturing is constant, we’re surrounded and I can’t speak,” an Iranian journalist, Ehsan Bodaghi, stated by telephone from contained in the Parliament constructing through the standoff, earlier than the decision was disconnected. Yelling and screaming could possibly be heard within the background.
Mohammad Ali Saki, editor of The Tehran Occasions, stated in a telephone interview that the 4 assailants on the Parliament constructing, who entered sporting ladies’s clothes, had “focused guards, cleaners, staff of the executive and finance sections,” however had “by no means received close to the Parliament chamber itself.”
The assailants have been armed with AK-47s and hand grenades and wore what seemed to be explosive vests, he stated.
The speaker of Parliament, Ali Larijani, tried to minimize the assaults as a “minor incident,” saying that “some cowardly terrorists” had infiltrated the legislative complicated and vowing that “the safety forces will certainly take critical measures towards them.”
The Islamic State launched a graphic 24-minute video displaying a bloodied man mendacity on the bottom within the Parliament whereas a gunman within the background shouted in Arabic, “Thank God! Do you assume that we’re going to depart? We’ll stay right here, God prepared.”
The assault on the mausoleum — about 10 miles south of Parliament — started shortly earlier than eleven a.m. and lasted for about an hour and a half, state information media reported.
Two assailants entered the west wing of the sprawling compound, which homes the tomb of Ayatollah Khomeini, who died in 1989, and is a vacation spot for vacationers and non secular pilgrims. In response to native information businesses, no less than one attacker detonated explosives within the western entrance. One other was reported to have dedicated suicide by swallowing a cyanide capsule, though one other account stated that the militant had been shot to demise by safety forces.
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