Explosions at Soleimani’s Burial Site: A Detailed Account of the Tragic Event in Kerman, Iran

2024-01-03 14:26:15
State television said two explosions were heard near Soleimani’s burial site.

At least 103 people died and 141 were injured in two explosions that occurred in the city of Kerman, in Iran, during an event marking the fourth anniversary of the death of General Qassim Soleimani, head of the Iranian elite Quds Force who lost his life in the bombing of a convoy that was in the vicinity of Baghdad airport, in January 2020.

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The theocratic regime’s state television said two explosions were heard near Soleimani’s burial site. Iranian authorities classified the incident as a terrorist act.

State television said two explosions were heard near Soleimani’s burial site.

According to the official IRNA agency, the first explosion took place 700 meters from General Soleimani’s tomb and the second occurred one kilometer from it.

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For its part, the Iranian Tasnim news agency, citing informed sources, reported that the bombs that detonated near the general’s grave were activated by remote control.

“Two bags of bombs exploded” at the site, said the agency, considered close to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, whose Quds Force was led by Soleimani before his assassination in 2020.

State television said two explosions were heard near Soleimani’s burial site.

The explosions dispersed the numerous people who were in the Kerman cemetery and ambulances rushed to take the wounded to the city’s hospitals, according to the Iranian agency’s account.

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Reza Fallah, head of the Kerman province Red Crescent, told IRNA that so far around 170 injured people have been taken to hospitals.

Fallah also said a loud explosion was heard and officials are examining what caused it.

State television said two explosions were heard near Soleimani’s burial site.

Thousands of people gathered at the cemetery this Wednesday to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Soleimani, considered a martyr of the revolution in Iran.

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Last week, Iran’s regime said Hamas’ attacks on Israel were “revenge” for the death of Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

An Iranian holds a photo of Qasem Soleimani during a protest in Tehran, Iran October 28, 2022. WANA (West Asian News Agency) via REUTERS/File

Revolutionary Guard spokesman Ramzan Sharif noted that “the ‘Al Aqsa Flood’ (name of the Hamas operation) was one of the revenges for the assassination of Soleimani by the United States and the Zionists.”

Hamas later denied the Iranian version.

“We deny the validity of what was stated by the spokesman of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Ramzan Sharif, regarding the ‘Al Aqsa Flood’ operation,” said a statement from the terrorist group.

“We have repeatedly stated the motives and reasons for the operation, the main one being the dangerous threats against the Al Aqsa mosque,” ​​the text stressed, as reported by the Palestinian news agency Maan. In this sense, he stressed that “any response from the Palestinian resistance comes as a reaction to the occupation and aggression (by the Israeli authorities) against the Palestinian people and their sacred places.”

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