IS claims attack on Iran memorial ceremony that left dozens dead

The damage after the attack in Kerman

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Terror group Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for the attack on the memorial ceremony in the Iranian city of Kerman. The British news agency Reuters reports this based on a statement on IS’s Telegram channel. The attack certainly came 84 people to. There is uncertainty about the exact number of fatalities. Iranian media also reported 95 and 110 deaths yesterday.

The attack took place yesterday place, not far from the cemetery where there was a memorial for Iranian general Qassem Soleimani at that time. The general was killed four years ago in an American missile attack. He was leader of the Quds Force, an elite unit within the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.

There were two explosions during the commemoration. Initially it appeared to be two exploded gas cylinders, but later the Iranian authorities reported that it was a bomb attack.

Iran has several opponents, so it was not immediately clear who was behind the attack. The regime is an ally of the militant movements Hezbollah and Hamas. There are also militant groups active within Iran that regularly carry out attacks.

Explosions were heard at the commemoration ceremony:

Many dead in two explosions near commemoration in Iran

The United Nations Security Council today adopted a… statement announced that they condemn the bombing. The council speaks of a “cowardly terrorist attack” in Kerman, which resulted in many deaths.

“The members of the Security Council underline the need to hold accountable and bring to justice the perpetrators, organisers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism,” the council said in a statement.

The Security Council also expresses its condolences to the families of the victims.

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