Iran lawmakers briefed on Tehran attacks

| Updated: Jun 11, 2017 20:08 IST

Tehran [Iran], June 11 (ANI): Lawmakers of the Iranian Parliament were briefed on the recent deadly terror attacks in the country by the Iranian Intelligence and Interior Ministers as well as Deputy Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Hossein Salami in a closed-door session of Parliament (Majlis) on Sunday. IRNA news agency quoted a member of Majlis Presiding Board Akbar Ranjbarzadeh, as saying that Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi and Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli as well as the IRGC Deputy Commander presented more details about the recent twin simultaneous attacks hitting the Iranian parliament and Mausoleum of Imam Khomeini in the south of Tehran, killing 17 and wounding 52. On Saturday, the Iranian security forces killed the mastermind behind the terror attacks on the country's Parliament and on the shrine of Ayatollah Khomeini. Press TV quoted Iran's Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi, as saying, in a televised interview on Saturday that the mastermind of terrorist attack on Iran's Parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Khomeini on June 7 were killed earlier in the day by the intelligence forces. He added that the mastermind of the operation, who had fled the country, was killed by Iranian security forces with help from friendly intelligence services. Alavi noted that about 43 terrorists were identified and arrested following the recent terrorist attack in the country, adding that some of them were in connection with the Tehran twin attacks and some of them were planning for terrorist acts in the future. The Iran's Revolutionary Guards had blamed Saudi Arabia for Wednesday's attacks. At least 12 people were killed when six attackers mounted simultaneous gun and suicide bomb attacks on Iran's Parliament building and the tomb of the republic's revolutionary founder, in one of the most audacious assaults to hit Tehran in decades. Equipped with AK-47 assault rifles, handguns and suicide vests, the gunmen killed security guards and ordinary people before holding people hostage in the upper floors of the building. One of the attackers reportedly blew himself up inside as police surrounded the building. The Islamic State claimed responsibility of the two attacks - a suicide bomb and gun assault. (ANI)

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