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  • Updated: January 03, 2024

Iran: 73 killed, over 170 injured in Kerman explosions

Iran: 73 killed, over 170 injured in Kerman explosions

In Kerman, at least 73 people lost their lives, and 173 others sustained injuries during two explosions that occurred amid a gathering commemorating the fourth anniversary of Gen. Qasem Soleimani's death.

State media described the blasts as a "terrorist attack."

The incident unfolded near the Saheb al-Zaman Mosque, Soleimani's hometown where he is buried.

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 explosions disrupted supporters paying tribute to the late general, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike near Baghdad airport.

The attack follows heightened tensions in the Middle East, with a recent drone strike in Beirut killing Hamas deputy chief Saleh al-Arouri, attributed to Israel.

The explosions are currently under investigation, with the perpetrators suspected to have detonated bombs remotely. 

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