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Two attacks kill at least 103 in Iran

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More than 70 people were killed and 170 others injured in two explosions, according to Iranian media. In the photo, rescuers come to the aid of an injured man.

Agence France-Presse

At least 103 people were killed by a twin explosion Wednesday near the tomb of General Qassem Soleimani, the architect of Iran's military operations in the Middle East whose death Iran is marking the fourth anniversary of, reported state media referring to a “terrorist attack”.

The events took place near the Saheb al-Zaman mosque, where General Soleimani's tomb in Kerman, southern Iran. A compact crowd made up of representatives of the regime and anonymous people gathered there for a commemorative ceremony.

According to the latest report announced, the explosions left at least 103 dead and 141 injured. The attack was quickly labeled a terrorist act by Rahman Jalali, deputy governor of Kerman province in southern Iran. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Qassem Soleimani was killed in January 2020, at the age of 62, during an American drone attack in Iraq. A key figure in the Iranian regime, he was also one of the country's most popular public figures.

According to local agency Tasnim , which cites well-informed sources, the explosions were caused by bombs hidden in two bags.

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The perpetrators apparently activated the bombs via remote control, according to the same source.

The Isna agency, which quotes the mayor of Kerman, Said Tabrizi, explains that the explosions occurred at ten minutes apart.

Videos posted on social media showed participants desperately trying to leave the site as security personnel cordoned off the area. In other videos, we can see people running, panicked and disoriented.

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General Qassem Soleimani photographed in 2016, in Tehran.

Shortly after the explosions, rescuers were working on site. Numerous ambulances were also on scene.

Qassem Soleimani led the Quds Force, the external operations arm of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, overseeing military operations throughout the Middle East.

Declared a living martyr by Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei while still alive, Soleimani was considered a hero for his role in the defeat of the Islamic State jihadist group in Iraq and Syria.

In the eyes of many Iranians, its military and strategic prowess helped avert disintegration multi-ethnic group from neighboring countries such as Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq.

Long considered a sworn enemy of the United States United and their allies, Soleimani has been one of the region's most important power brokers, setting Iran's political and military agenda in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, observers say. .

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