Explosion kills more than 100 people at Iranian ceremony marking the assassination of military commander Qassem Soleimani

Explosion kills more than 100 people at Iranian ceremony marking the assassination of military commander Qassem Soleimani

At least 103 people were killed and 170 injured after two explosions rocked a ceremony being held to mark the assassination of Iran's top commander, Qassem Soleimani, in a 2020 US drone strike.

The explosions occurred today, January 3, near the Saheb al-Zaman mosque, where Soleimani is buried, in what Iran described as a “terrorist attack”.

According to Mail Online, the first explosion was followed by a second near a cemetery in the southeastern city of Kerman, where thousands of people gathered to mark the four-year anniversary of Soleimani's assassination.

Iran declared Thursday a day of mourning following the explosions for which no group has yet claimed responsibility.

The explosions came a day after an Israeli drone strike killed Hamas deputy leader Saleh al-Arouri in Lebanon's capital Beirut, amid fears the war could soon spread across the Middle East.

It is unclear whether the attack was carried out by Tel Aviv.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had previously vowed to cut off “the head of the snake” and launch a military strike against Iran after the Tehran-backed Lebanese militant group Hezbollah fired rockets at Israel.

Babak Yektaparast, spokesman for Iran's emergency services, previously told state media that 73 people were killed and 170 injured, but the number quickly rose to 103, and the number of casualties was expected to rise further.

Source: www.lindaikejisblog.com

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