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Sushma Swaraj speaks to Iranian foreign minister, condemns twin attacks in Tehran

New Delhi: With at least seven killed in a deadly attack on the Iranian parliament, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj spoke to Iran Foreign Minister Dr Mohammad Javad Zarif and offered her condolences.

“In a prescheduled telephone conversation with Foreign Minister of Iran HE Dr Mohammad Javad Zarif, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj condemned Wednesday’s terrorist attacks on the institution of democracy and spirituality in Tehran. She offered sincere condolences on loss of innocent lives and expressed solidarity with the people and the government of Iran,” read an official statement.

Meanwhile, the Tehran Security Council has convened an emergency meeting after two terror attacks were reported on the Iranian Majlis and Imam Khomeini Mausoleum respectively on Wednesday.

Seven people have reportedly been killed in attack on the Iranian parliament, the Tasnim news agency has reported, quoting sources on the ground.

As per initial local media reports, the gunmen opened their way into the parliament building by shooting at the guards.

According to Tasnim, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) hostage rescue teams have killed one of the four attackers inside the parliament.

IRNA news agency quoted the Head of Imam Khomeini Mausoleum Public Relations Office Ali Khalili, as saying that one of the armed men detonated himself in front of a bank outside the mausoleum.

An official said the meeting is being held to examine both incidents.

ANI