Iran once again lowered the death toll from the attack in the country on Wednesday. The two bomb attacks in the city of Kerman killed not 95 people, but 84, Iranian authorities report.
Iran previously adjusted the death toll from 103 to 95. According to Iranian Health Minister Bahram Eynollahi, the names of some victims had been counted twice.
According to the latest figures from the Iranian emergency services, 248 people have been injured. Several injured people are in critical condition. The death toll could therefore still rise.
The explosions happened during a ceremony commemorating top commander Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a US attack in 2020. The explosions took place at the cemetery where Soleimani is buried.
Soleimani was a high-ranking figure in the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. He was specially charged with covert operations and missions abroad, such as in Iraq and Syria.
Khamenei promises ‘very strong retaliation’
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s top leader, has vowed a “firm response” to Wednesday’s double bombing.
Mohammad Mokhber, Iran’s first vice president, has also vowed revenge for the explosions. “Soleimani’s soldiers will bring them a very strong retaliation.”
So far no one has claimed responsibility for the explosions. The United States is not behind the attack, the US State Department said at a press conference. They also have no indications that Israel is behind it.
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