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Islamic State claims stunning attack in heart of Iran

08 June 2017

Iran's supreme leader shrugged off attacks on Wednesday by gunmen and suicide bombers in Tehran that killed 13 people as U.S. president Donald Trump warned the nation was reaping what it sowed.

Iranian security officials have not said who they suspect is behind the attacks, though state media has referred to the attackers as "terrorists".

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks on Iran's parliament and the Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini in Tehran.

It was the first attack in Iran claimed by Daesh, which had threatened to step up its campaign in the country in recent months.

The Kremlin said on Wednesday the attacks underlined the need for countries to pool efforts to fight terrorism, something it said meant working closely with Muslim nations.

An armed man stands in a window of the parliament building in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, June 7, 2017.

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Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani called the attacks a cowardly act and proof that Tehran has made an enemy of militant Islamic groups through its policies and actions in Iraq and Syria.

Iran's IRIB news agency quoted an MP as saying there were a number of attackers at the parliament building, armed with AK-47 rifles. Sajedinia did not offer any further details.

"The IS has met failure in Syria and Iraq where Iran has been one of the few countries fighting their terrorism".

One of the attackers reportedly blew himself up inside as police surrounded the building.

Putin said the attacks underscore the need for deeper global cooperation to fight terrorism and confirmed Moscow's willingness to aid Iran.

Iran's state-run IRNA news agency says two security guards have been killed and more than 30 people wounded in attacks on the parliament building and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

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The attacks drew condemnation from Iran's allies - and also from the United States.

At roughly the same time, two assailants entered the grounds of the Khomeini mausoleum, killing a gardener and wounding several other people.

State TV said one of the attackers was killed by security guards and that a woman was arrested following Wednesday's attack. Saudi Arabia has long pointed to the absence of IS attacks on Iran as suggestion of Tehran's culpability.

The IS group often claims attacks around the world, even when links to the group can not be confirmed and appear dubious.

The violence unfolded at about 10 a.m. local time (2 a.m. ET) when gunmen apparently dressed as women stormed the main gate of the parliament building in central Tehran and opened fire, Iran's Deputy Interior Minister Mohammad Hossein Zolfaghari told state television.

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Islamic State claims stunning attack in heart of Iran