At least 103 killed, 141 injured in 2 blasts near late Iranian commander's burial site-UPDATED-4

 

An explosion at a cemetery in Iran where a ceremony was being held to mark the 2020 assassination of Iran's top commander has killed more than 103 people, Paralel.Az reports citing Tasnim.

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At least 73 people were killed and 173 others injured on Wednesday in two blasts near the burial ground of Iran's late commander Qassem Soleimani in the southwestern province of Kerman, reported the semi-official Fars news agency citing Iran's Emergency organization.

According to the Islamic Republic of Iran News Network (IRINN), the blasts occurred in an underpass one kilometer away from the burial ground, with the first one heard at 15:04 local time (1134 GMT) and the second one a few minutes later at 15:17, as people were paying homage to the late commander on his fourth assassination anniversary, the IRINN added.

According to the report, the cause of the blasts has not been determined yet, and rescue teams have been sent to the scene.

It added most of the injuries had been sustained due to overcrowding and people's panicking.

On Jan. 3, 2020, the U.S. military assassinated Soleimani in a drone strike near the Baghdad International Airport.

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Iran revealed that 20 people were killed and 50 others were injured in two blasts near the Qassem Soleimani's cemetery in Kerman Province, Paralel.Az reports citing Tasnimi.

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The Iranian TV reported on Wednesday an explosion near the road leading to the grave of Iranian military officer Qassem Soleimani in Kerman Province, Paralel.Az reports citing ALBAWABA.

According to some media reports, the explosion took place due to the blast of gas cylinders near the road leading to the shrine of Soleimani.

Some Iranian sources reportedly said that the blast took place during a ceremony commemorating the killing of Qassem Soleimani.

It added that ambulances are moving towards the blast site. Kerman emergency manager announced that 15 were injured and were transferred to hospitals.

Qassem Soleimani, who served in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, was killed in an American airstrike on Jan. 3, 2020.

Soleimani and Iraqi commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis were both killed in a US drone strike in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

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