ISIS has claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s double bombing at a memorial service for assassinated IRGC commander Qassem Suleimani in the southeastern Iranian city of Kerman. The attack killed at least 84 people and escalated tensions in the region. Suspicions of US and Israeli involvement arose, fuelled by recent events, including the assassination of Saleh al-Arouri.
The jihadist group released blurry photos of the two suicide bombers and claimed they carried out the devastating attacks by detonating their explosives-laden vests. The claim went out on ISIS’ Telegram channel on Thursday.
The attack, now considered the deadliest in Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution, took place during a commemoration at a cemetery marking the fourth anniversary of the death of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander Qasem Soleimani. Soleimani was killed in a US drone strike at Baghdad airport in 2020