General Soleimani’s memorial: I03 killed in Iran bomb explosion

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103 people lost their lives in Iran on Wednesday after two bombs were detonated in quick succession, according to state media in the Middle East country.

The incident happened at the gathering of a mammoth crowd commemorating late general Qasem Soleimani on the anniversary of his killing.

The state television described incident as “terrorist attack” amid high stakes geopolitics and tensions running high in the troubled region.

The tragic incident came a day after Hamas number two Saleh al-Aruri – an Iran ally – was killed in an Israeli drone attack on a Beirut southern suburb which Lebanese officials blamed on Israel.

The Wednesday’s blasts stuck near the Saheb al-Zaman Mosque in Kerman, Soleimani’s southern hometown where he is buried, as supporters gathered to mark the fourth anniversary of his killing in a US drone strike just outside Baghdad airport.

Kerman’s deputy governor, Rahman Jalali, said the explosions were a “terrorist attack”.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

“The number of people killed rose to 103 following the death of people injured during the terrorist explosions,” said official IRNA news agency, which earlier reported 73 deaths.

Another 141 people were wounded in the bombings, IRNA said, adding that some were in “critical condition”.

Iran’s Tasnim news agency, quoting informed sources, said “two bags carrying bombs went off” at the site.

“The perpetrators… of this incident apparently detonated the bombs by remote control,” Tasnim added.

The ISNA news agency quoted Kerman mayor Saeed Tabrizi as saying the bombs exploded 10 minutes apart.

“We were walking towards the cemetery when a car suddenly stopped behind us and a waste bin containing a bomb exploded,” an eyewitness was quoted by ISNA as saying.

“We only heard the sound of the explosion and saw people falling. There was a bomb in the trash can,” the witness added.

Online footage showed crowds scampering for safety as security personnel cordoned off the area.

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