Explosions in Iran: 95 Killed in Blasts Near Soleimani's Burial Place During Ceremony
Two explosions caused by “terrorist attacks” killed nearly 100 people and wounded many others at a ceremony in Iran to commemorate top commander Qassem Soleimani who was killed in a 2020 US drone attack, Iranian officials said on Wednesday, January 3.
Iranian state media reported a first and then a second explosion during the anniversary event at the cemetery where Soleimani is buried in the southeastern city of Kerman.
Iranian Health Minister Bahram Eynollahi told state media the death toll was at 95, down from 103, and said 211 others were injured, making it the deadliest attack in the history of the Islamic Republic, which has faced similar incidents in the past from various groups, including the Islamic State.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks. Iran has in the past blamed Israel for attacks on individual people or places within its borders - claims which Israel has neither confirmed nor denied - but there was no indication of any involvement of a foreign state in the cemetery explosions.
Local media officials told Iranian state media later on Wednesday that the explosions were caused by two suitcases containing explosives that were triggered remotely. According to the sources, the second explosion deliberately targeted security forces in the area, according to Israeli media. (JPost / VFI News)
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