Tragic casualties followed twin explosions close to the grave of assassinated general Qassem Soleimani in Kerman, southern Iran. During a ceremony honoring Soleimani’s death anniversary, over 100 people were reported dead and 170 injured, according to Iranian state tele

The blasts happened during a memorial service for Soleimani, who was slain in 2020 at Baghdad airport by a US drone strike. Unexpectedly, the first explosion occurred 700 meters from Soleimani’s grave, while the second occurred one kilometer away. Luckily, Soleimani’s burial was unharmed.

Response and Security Measures

Security personnel quickly cleared the area in the wake of the events. Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi promised that the perpetrators of this “cowardly act” would be found and dealt with. It is also recommended that citizens notify the Ministry of Intelligence of any questionable activities.

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Disputes with the US and Israel

Tensions among Iran, Israel, and the United States rose following Soleimani’s killing by the US in 2020, carried out on former President Donald Trump’s instructions. Recognized as a major role in Middle Eastern geopolitics, Soleimani led the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.

Ongoing Investigations in Kerman

Although terrorists were given the immediate blame, investigations are still ongoing to identify the perpetrators of the Kerman attacks. Based on remarks made by officials such as Esmail Qaani, Iranian authorities are investigating potential connections with foreign parties, such as Israel and the US.

 The unfortunate events in Kerman raise concerns about regional stability in addition to underlining the long-standing tensions in the Middle East. The whole community is keeping a close eye on the investigations as they progress, hoping for peace and clarity amid rising tensions.

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