Inside Iran’s Parliament: Armenian MP says sitting continues, despite attack

Armed men opened fire at the Iranian parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Khomeini in the capital this morning, causing a number of casualties.

Members of Majlis have been asked to stay in the session hall, security has been tightened.

It was not immediately clear who was behind the attacks or if they were co-ordinated.

Speaking to Public Radio of Armenia  from inside the Parliament, Armenian lawmaker Karen Khanlarian said “the nature of the attack is not yet clear, no one has claimed responsibility.”

He said the gunshots were not heard inside the session hall. “There is no panic here and the sitting continues,” Khanlarian said.

Iran’s IRNA agency quotes parliament’s Cultural and Public Relations Director General Mahdi Kiaie as saying that the security forces and Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps are controlling the situation.

He added that Majlis public session was underway in the parliament building.

Iran’s Interior Minister has called for an emergency security meeting to be held in Tehran.

The Associated Press reports that a security guard was killed and 12 other people were wounded in rare twin attacks.

A woman has been arrested at the Ayatollah Khomeini shrine following a shooting spree and bomb attack, semi-official Fars news agency reports.

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