In the Iranian city of Kerman, more than 73 people and 173 wounded, according to reports, were killed in an explosion that rocked the city as Iranians flooded the streets marching toward the cemetery where Martyred Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, General Qassem Soleimani was laid to rest on the 4th anniversary of his martyrdom.
Preliminary reports first estimated that 50 were killed, but the revised death toll is expected to rise.
Two explosions took place on two different roads leading up to the cemetery, 10 minutes apart, according to the governor of Kerman.
Footage shows the moment the explosion happened outside #Kerman’s Martyrs Cemetery during the commemoration of the martyrdom of Martyrs Soleimani and Al-Muhandis.#Iran pic.twitter.com/XcK5Lt9sSy
Thousands from around Iran had converged to Kerman today to commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of General Qassem Soleimani, who was assassinated in a US strike in Baghdad on January 3, 2020, along with the deputy chief of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.
According to our correspondent, the first explosion targeted people commemorating the fourth anniversary of martyr Soleimani’s martyrdom, while the second targeted security forces organizing the processions.