President Tony Tan 'saddened' by Teheran terror assaults

Iranian policemen try to help some civilians fleeing from the parliament building during an attack in Tehran, Iran on June 7, 2017.
Iranian policemen try to help some civilians fleeing from the parliament building during an attack in Tehran, Iran on June 7, 2017.PHOTO: EPA

Singapore President Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam said on Thursday (June 8) he was "shocked and saddened" by brazen attacks on Iran's parliament building and the shrine of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Teheran.

"On behalf of the people of Singapore, I convey my deepest condolences to the bereaved families and victims," Dr Tan wrote in a letter to his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Iran during this difficult time," he added.

In the worst terrorist strike to hit the Islamic republic in years, armed assailants stunned Iran on Wednesday (June 7) when they went on a gun and suicide-bomb rampage on the parliament building and the tomb of its revolutionary founder.