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Since the revolution of 1979, ISIS has claimed credit for the bloodiest attack in Iran.

 Since the revolution of 1979, ISIS has claimed credit for the bloodiest attack in Iran.


The devastating twin bombings in southern Iran, close to the grave of military leader Qasem Soleimani, have been attributed to ISIS.


The explosions on Wednesday, January 3, were the worst attack on Iran since the 1979 revolution, according to Iranian state-run news agency IRNA, which reported at least 84 dead and 284 injured.



More than twenty-four hours after the blasts, on Thursday, ISIS released a statement in which it claimed that two suicide bombers had set off their explosive vests when Shiite mourners gathered near Soleimani's grave in Kerman, his hometown, to commemorate the fourth anniversary of his assassination.


The group did not provide any additional evidence, and its version of the explosions is different from what Iranian officials and media have said.



The two explosions occurred almost simultaneously, according to Iran's interior minister, with the second, deadlier explosion occurring as people went to aid the injured.


IRINN, another state media station, claimed that the first explosion was not caused by a suicide bomber but rather by a bomb hidden in a suitcase inside a car that looked to have been remotely detonated.


Videos captured the aftermath of the blasts with throngs of people fleeing the scene, bloodied bodies strewn over the ground, and ambulances navigating through the dense masses.


President Ebrahim Raisi of Iran called for a day of mourning on Thursday and postponed his planned trip to Turkey.

 

Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi accused Israel of causing the explosions and threatened to exact a "heavy price" before ISIS made its announcement.

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