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ISIS claims responsibility for twin bombings in Iran, suicide bombings in America, Qasem Suleimani grave

The Islamic State jihadist group has claimed responsibility for twin bombings in Iran’s southern city of Kerman, which killed at least 84 people and injured 284 others. The deadly attack took place during a gathering near the grave of late Revolutionary Guards General Qasim Soleimani.

In a statement broadcast on Telegram, the extremist group announced that two of its members “had activated their explosive vests” during the ceremony at the Matriarch cemetery in Kerman, news agency AFP reported.

The event was organized to mark the fourth anniversary of the killing of Soleimani, the head of the Revolutionary Guard’s elite Quds Force, in a US drone strike in Iraq.

Earlier, Iranian state media reported that investigators believed the perpetrators were possible suicide bombers. An unnamed “informed source”, quoted by the state-run IRNA news agency, revealed that surveillance footage from the cemetery showed a male suicide bomber detonating explosives. According to news agency AP, the IRNA source also suggested that the second blast was “probably” caused by another suicide bomber, although full confirmation is pending.

The report revealed details about the distance between the blasts, revealing that they occurred between 1.5 kilometers and 2.7 kilometers from Soleimani’s grave. The official speculated that the attackers strategically chose these locations outside the security perimeter of the commemoration.

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Death toll in Iran twin blasts revised

The death toll was initially reported at 103, but it was later lowered after authorities identified recurring names in the list of victims and considered the severity of wounds suffered by some of the dead, the AP reported. And modified. Health officials highlighted that many of the injured remained in critical condition, making the death toll likely to rise, the AP reported.

The attack has forced Iran to grapple with its largest mass casualty incident in decades, raising concerns over security in the region. The ceremony was attended by a large number of people who gathered to pay tribute to Soleimani, revered by supporters of the country’s theocracy and condemned by the United States for his alleged role in aiding terrorists responsible for the deaths of American soldiers. He was seen as a formidable opponent by the army. in Iraq.

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