Hojat-ol-Islam Seyed Mehdi Taqavi, the former managing director of the International Quran News Agency, was among those martyred in a terrorist attack on Iran’s parliament on Wednesday.
Iran’s Parliament and the mausoleum of the late founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini (RA) in the capital Tehran came under terrorist attacks on Wednesday morning.
Officials said 12 people were killed in the twin attacks while another 42 were injured and admitted to 3 hospitals to receive treatment.
The Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) Takfiri terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Haji Deligani, a member of the parliament, told IQNA that Hojat-ol-Islam Taqavi, his cultural advisor, was in his office in the parliament when the attack happened.
The cleric and another member of the office were martyred by the terrorists.
Four armed assailants, dresses as women, attacked the parliament buildings in the morning.
Equipped with AK-47 assault rifles, handguns and suicide vests, the gunmen killed security guards and ordinary people before holding people hostage in the upper floors of the building.
Security forces laid a siege to the parliament for several hours. Three of the gunmen were shot dead in an exchange of gunfire, while the other blew himself up.