The first explosion at a cemetery in Kerman, the state news agency IRNA reported, was the result of a “suicide bomber.”
Terrorist group Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a deadly attack in Iran during a celebration of General Qasem Soleimani, and Tehran is vowing revenge. Reuters reports this.
The Sunni Muslim group said two Islamic State members detonated their explosive belts in a crowd that had gathered at a cemetery in the southeastern Iranian city of Kerman on the anniversary of the death of commander-in-chief Qassem Soleimani. Tehran previously blamed the bombings on “terrorists” and vowed to take revenge for the deadliest such attacks since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. As a result of the double explosions, 284 people were injured, including women and children, and more than 80 were killed.
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“Very strong retribution will be given to them at the hands of Soleimani’s soldiers,” Iran’s First Vice President Mohammad Mokhber told reporters in Kerman.
An unnamed source told state news agency IRNA that the first explosion at a cemetery in Soleimani’s hometown of Kerman “was the result of a suicide bomber.” The cause of the second explosion was most likely the same.
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps called the attacks a cowardly act “aimed at creating danger and revenge for the people’s deep love and devotion to the Islamic Republic.” The commander of the guards in Kerman denied state media reports of shootings inside the city on Thursday.
Explosions in Iran on January 3
In the city of Kerman on January 3, in the central region of Iran, explosions occurred at a cemetery where Iranians were honoring the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), General Qassem Soleimani. The first explosion occurred 700 meters from Soleimani’s grave. The second is a kilometer away.
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