Iranian military blames Saudis after 12 killed in Tehran terrorist attack | Touch Latest Local,World,Tech,Entertainment,Health,Sport News
21 April 2018 00:00:00 AM Breaking News

• WORLD

Iranian military blames Saudis after 12 killed in Tehran terrorist attack

Members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard secure the area outside the parliament building.

ran’s Revolutionary Guards have blamed Saudi Arabia for the first terrorist attack claimed by Islamic State in their country, setting the stage for spiralling tensions between the two rivals at a critical moment in the region.

At least 12 people were killed and dozens more injured in Tehran on Wednesday when gunmen and suicide bombers attacked the Iranian parliament and the mausoleum of the revolutionary founder of the Islamic Republic.

Isis claimed responsibility for the attacks, publishing a brief video that purported to show the assailants inside the parliament.

The Revolutionary Guards blamed Riyadh for the attack, in a move that could further raise the stakes in a regional tussle that has already led to major diplomatic upheaval among the Gulf monarchies in recent days and the isolation of Qatar over, in part, its perceived closeness to Iran.

“This terrorist action, coming one week after the meeting of the president of the United States with the leader of the one of the region’s reactionary governments [Saudi Arabia] … shows they are involved in this savage action,” the IRGC said in a statement.

The Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, said the attacks would make the country more united. “Today’s terrorist attacks in Tehran will make the Islamic Republic of Iran more determined in the fight against regional terrorism, extremism and violence,” he said in a statement published on the ISNA news agency. “We will prove once again that we will crush the enemies’ plots with more unity and more strength.”

The assault on the parliament began when four men armed with rifles burst into the building complex. One of the attackers reportedly blew himself up inside as police surrounded the building.

Gunfire could be heard from outside as police helicopters circled overhead, entrance and exit gates were closed, and contact with mobile phones inside was lost.

“I was inside the parliament when shooting happened. Everyone was shocked and scared. I saw two men shooting randomly,” one journalist at the scene, who asked not to be named, told Reuters.

MPs continued scheduled sessions in another part of the complex. The deputy interior minister, Mohammad Hossein Zolfaghari, told Iran’s state TV that the attackers were dressed as women in order to gain entry.

Recommended

Loading...

Related Posts

Confidence that Trump will keep his promises sinks — but there’s only one group he needs to worry about

It was always fairly obvious that much of President Trump’s campaign rh

Read More

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Elected To The Prestigious American Academy Of Arts And Sciences

The celebrated award-winning Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has

Read More

Spain asks Catalonia: Did you declare independence or not?

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy following a crisis cabinet meeting in Madri

Read More

The biodegradable burial pod that turns your body into a tree

Your carbon footprint doesn't end in the grave. While you rest in peace, the w

Read More

U.S. suspends aid to Kenyan health ministry over corruption concerns

The U.S. government has suspended $21 million in direct aid to Kenya‘

Read More

U.S. vice president arrives in S.Korea for talks on DPRK

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence arrived in South Korea on Sunday as part of his

Read More

United to offer passengers up to $10,000 to surrender seats

NEW YORK: United Airlines said on Thursday it would offer passengers who volunte

Read More

A Trump presidency must also be a laughing matter

When skilfully wielded and pointed at the right target, satire is a powerful wea

Read More

How Obama, Michelle spend after presidency

Former President of the United States of America Barack Obama was spotted snappi

Read More

6.2-magnitude quake hits off Papua New Guinea

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea Monday, the US Geologic

Read More

Also Read

Emirates to cut US flights after Trump travel restrictions

Emirates will reduce flights to five US cities from next month, after new securi

Read More

UN chief slashes aircraft operational costs

The UN Secretary-General António Guterres has launched an initiative to reduc

Read More

PDP injuring itself – Nwankwo

Awka—AFTER his victory at the Supreme Court, which last week declared him

Read More

Flood: Quebec residents weep as govt declares state of emergency

One hundred and twenty-six municipalities across the Canadian province of Quebec

Read More

Meningitis: Niger records 33 deaths

33 people have died from the Cerebrol Spinal Meningitis (CSM) in Niger while 1

Read More

Diamond Bank CEO urges European Investors to focus on Africa

The Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Bank Plc, Uzoma Dozie, has urged European

Read More

Nigerian govt. reacts to controversy over alleged de-listing of Christian, Islamic subjects

The Nigerian government has reacted to controversy over alleged removal of key

Read More

China’s forex reserves rise for third month in a row

China’s forex reserves rose for the third month in a row in April, signal

Read More

Former FBI chief Mueller appointed to probe Trump-Russia ties

The U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday named former FBI Director Robert Muelle

Read More

Nokia Edge 2017: Release Date, 6GB RAM and 24MP!!!!

The Nokia Edge 2017 is powered by octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 proces

Read More