The memorial for the assassinated Iranian commander witnessed explosions that claimed a minimum of 73 lives.

Officials have confirmed that there were two explosions during a ceremony commemorating the fourth anniversary of the killing of Qassem Suleimani. These explosions resulted in the deaths of at least 73 people and numerous injuries. The ceremony took place in Iran and marked the anniversary of the US’s assassination of Qassem Suleimani, who was a prominent figure in the Middle East as the leader of Iran’s Quds Force.
Initial reports from eyewitnesses mentioned two explosions occurring 10 minutes apart in the city of Kerman, located in the south-central region of the country. Local officials initially speculated that the explosions might have been caused by gas canisters or suicide bombers. However, further investigation revealed that the explosions were caused by remote detonations, leading to the classification of the incident as an act of terrorism.
The explosions took place on the roads leading to Golzar Shahada, the cemetery where Suleimani’s body is buried alongside the remains of 1,024 resistance fighters. This cemetery has become a pilgrimage site for supporters of the “axis of resistance” against the US and the Western world. Suleimani was killed in a US drone strike in Baghdad in 2020 and was recognized as a key figure directing Iran’s proxy forces in Iraq and Syria.
Iran, which rarely experiences suicide attacks, is currently uncertain about the source of this apparent attack. It is unclear whether the attack was carried out by a domestic group or a group influenced by Israel. Not long ago, Iran announced the elimination of a group supported by Mossad, Israel’s state secret service.
On December 25, Israel conducted an airstrike in Syria that resulted in the death of a high-ranking commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). This incident provoked a threat from Tehran, stating that Israel would face consequences for its actions. The Iranian state media identified the commander as Razi Mousavi, a senior adviser of the IRGC Quds Force, claiming that he was killed in an airstrike near the Syrian capital of Damascus.
Israel has previously been known for its targeted assassinations of nuclear scientists involved in Iran’s controversial nuclear program. As a precaution, hospitals in Kerman and its surrounding areas have been placed on high alert to provide medical assistance to the injured.

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