On the fourth anniversary of the demise of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, two explosions occurred in rapid succession, resulting in the fatalities of at least 103 individuals and the injuries to dozen more.
The BBC reports that the explosives detonated in the vicinity of Soleimani’s tomb in the Kerman Martyrs Cemetery, specifically near the Saheb al-Zaman mosque, in the southern city of Kerman.
The deputy governor of Kerman was quoted by state broadcaster Irib as saying the fatalities were the result of a “terrorist attack.” However, the perpetrators of the detonation remain unknown and no group has claimed responsibility as of yet.
Potential suspects comprised the Islamic State, Arab separatists, and “other Sunni jihadist groups,” all of which have made assertions in recent years regarding the effective elimination of security forces in the state dominated by the Shia community.
Video footage allegedly captured “hundreds of people” gathering to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Soleimani, the second-most influential figure in Iran at the time of his death in a U.S. drone strike in 2020 during the administration of President Donald Trump, according to the BBC.
“The blasts were caused by terrorist attacks,” Iranian media quoted a local official as saying, according to Fox News. “Several gas canisters exploded on the road leading to the cemetery.”
Fox reported that, in addition to the 103 confirmed fatalities, “up to 141” individuals had sustained injuries.
The BBC reports that a number of the injured were, nevertheless, in critical condition.
The initial device exploded at 2:50 p.m. local time, approximately 800 yards from the cemetery, according to the BBC, which cited local media.
A second detonation occurred approximately 1,100 yards from Kerman Martyrs Cemetery, fifteen minutes later.
“We were walking towards the cemetery when a car suddenly stopped behind us and a waste bin containing a bomb exploded,” a witness reported told the Iranian Isna news agency. “We only heard the sound of the explosion and saw people falling.”
The precise target of the attack on Soleimani’s tomb remained uncertain at first glance; however, video footage examined by the BBC appeared to indicate that the structure remained undamaged.
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“As commander of the Revolutionary Guards’ overseas operations arm, the Quds Force, he was an architect of Iranian policy across the region,” the BBC reported.
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