Death toll from General Qassem Soleimani’s tomb explosion rises to 103

Explosions devastate the ceremony for the fourth anniversary of the assassination of Qassem Soleimani

  • Hundreds of Iranians gather to commemorate Soleimani’s death.
  • Kerman’s deputy governor confirms explosions as “terrorist attack.”
  • Nearly 200 people are injured in two explosions at Solemani’s tomb.

The death toll from two consecutive bombings at the tomb of Iranian Revolutionary Guard General Qasem Soleimani, killed in a US drone strike in 2020, has risen to 103, while the two terrorist attacks left nearly 200 people dead. wounds. As reported by Iranian state media.

During the ceremony in the southeastern city of Kerman, Iranian state television reported a first and then a second explosion, claiming multiple victims.

“Several gasoline cylinders exploded on the road leading to the cemetery and the competent authorities are monitoring the situation,” said the semi-official. News.

Ambulances were seen approaching the cemetery, where hundreds of Iranians had gathered to mark the anniversary of Soleimani’s death, according to the SNN news agency.

A file photo taken on October 1, 2019 shows Qasem Soleimani, major general of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). — AFP

Soleimani was considered the most powerful figure in Iran, second only to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic.

As leader of the Quds Force, the wing of the Revolutionary Guard responsible for overseas operations, he played an important role in determining Iranian policy throughout the region.

He was in charge of the Quds Force’s clandestine activities, which included advising allied governments and armed groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah and providing them with money, weapons, information and logistical support.

Then-US President Donald Trump described Soleimani as “the world’s number one terrorist” when he issued the order for the 2020 assassination.

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