In Iran, two similar attacks on Parliament and on the monument of a Muslim Shiti leader in the captial left 12 people dead and many others injured.
Reports said that for some time, people were being held hostage inside the Iranian Parliament. Meanwhile, a suicide bomber blew himself up in an attack near the monument.
Iranian officials said that they managed to stop the third attack. The group which calls itself Islamic State took responsbility for the attack and later uploaded footage on the Internet which they said was taken from inside the Parliamentary building.