Two bomb explosions occurred near the tomb of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in Kerman, Iran, on the fourth anniversary of his assassination, killing at least 95 people and injuring many others. The attacks targeted a procession near the Saheb al-Zaman mosque and were the deadliest in Iran in 42 years. No group immediately claimed responsibility, but suspicion may fall on Arab separatists and Sunni jihadist groups like Islamic State (IS).
- At least 95 people were killed in bomb blasts near Qasem Soleimani’s tomb in Kerman, Iran.
- The blasts happened during a procession, with the second targeting people fleeing the first.
- Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, vowed a harsh response to the “terrorist attack”.
The attack, occurring amid regional tensions, highlights ongoing security challenges in Iran. The bombings, which took place in close succession, prompted widespread condemnation from international leaders and organizations. This tragic incident underscores the persistent threat of violence in the region and adds complexity to the already tense geopolitical landscape.
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