Presidential Guard Shoots, Arrests Attacker

Presidential Guard Shoots,   Arrests AttackerPresidential Guard Shoots,   Arrests Attacker

A man wielding a machete was shot and arrested in Iran on Monday after trying to break into the presidential complex.  He was carrying the weapon and wearing white shroud, symbolizing his readiness to sacrifice his life, Reuters reported, citing Iranian news agencies. The incident happened at around 11 a.m. local time.  "The assailant has been arrested and hospitalized. We are trying to identify the person and find out his motive," the deputy governor general of Tehran, Mohsen Hamedani, was quoted as saying by Fars News Agency. There was no indication that President Hassan Rouhani was in the building at the time of the attack, although Iranian media reported on several events that he attended outside his office. Mehr News Agency said the attacker, 35, was shot at leg when trying to pass the security gate of the presidential office in central Tehran. It is a high security area as other key government institutions are also located there.

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