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Iran Blasts Updates: Death toll rises to 103, Iran declares day of mourning on Thursday

Iran Blasts Updates: The explosions took place in quick succession near the grave of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, as the country marked the anniversary of his killing in a US drone strike in Iraq.

Iran terror attack: People take care of injured after an explosion in Kerman, Iran, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2024. AP/PTI (AP)Premium
Iran terror attack: People take care of injured after an explosion in Kerman, Iran, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2024. AP/PTI (AP)

Iran Blasts Updates: Amid the twin explosions in Iran's Kerman – about 820 kilometers (510 miles) southeast of Tehran – Iran officials have called it a terrorist attack. Mohammad Saberi – the head of Kerman’s emergency services – has confirmed to state media that more of the critically injured in the blasts have now died, bringing the total number of dead to 103, adding over 141 are wounded and the numbers may rise.

Meanwhile, an emergency has been imposed in all the hospitals of the province.

Iran’s head of Judiciary, Gholam Hossein Mohseni-Ejei, has released a statement He had said, as quoted by Al Jazeera, “The agents and perpetrators of this grievous crime will undoubtedly be punished."

“Responsible intelligence, security and law enforcement agencies are obligated to promptly pursue all the evidence and perpetrators and hand them over to the Judiciary."

No outfit has claimed responsibility of the attack as of yet.

As per details, the explosions took place in quick succession near the grave of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, as the country marked the anniversary of his killing in a US drone strike in Iraq.

Iran’s Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi said that the initial explosion took place at 3.00 pm local time, with a subsequent explosion occurring after people had assembled to assist in the aftermath of the first incident, adding, the majority of casualties resulted from the second explosion.

04 Jan 2024, 07:17:11 AM IST

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03 Jan 2024, 10:47:39 PM IST

Iran Blasts Live: European Union condemns 'act of terror' after Iran blasts

Iran Blasts Live: The European Union demanded on Wednesday that the perpetrators of twin blasts that killed at least 103 people in a crowd gathered to mark the killing of general Qasem Soleimani be brought to justice.

"The EU condemns in the strongest terms today's bombing in the city of Kerman in Iran. The EU expresses its solidarity with the Iranian people. This act of terror has exacted a shocking toll of civilian deaths and injuries," an EU foreign affairs spokesperson said in a statement.

"Our thoughts now are with the victims and their families. Perpetrators must be held accountable." (AFP)

03 Jan 2024, 10:19:59 PM IST

Iran Blasts Live: Iraq issues statement of solidarity with Iran

Iran Blasts Live:  Hours after the twin explosions in Iran, the Iraqi government has issued a statement condemning what it described as a “terrorist attack in Kerman“.

“In a show of solidarity, our government stands with Iran, expressing support for both the Iranian Government and its people during this difficult time," AJ quoted the Iraqi government statement. 

“Iraq expresses willingness to offer various forms of assistance, aiming to alleviate the impact of this cowardly criminal act," it added. 

03 Jan 2024, 10:03:16 PM IST

Iran Blasts Live: Blasts came one day after Saleh al-Aruri's killing

Iran Blasts Live: The explosions occurred one day after the death of Saleh al-Aruri, the second-ranking member of Hamas and an ally of Iran. Lebanese authorities attributed his killing to Israel, which targeted a southern suburb of Beirut, known as a stronghold for Hezbollah, an armed group backed by Iran. The bombings in Iran, the deadliest since the 1979 Islamic revolution, happened without any immediate claim of responsibility.

03 Jan 2024, 09:50:18 PM IST

Iran Blasts Live: Iran President Ebrahim Raisi condemns 'heinous' twin blasts that killed 103

Iran Blasts Live: Iran's president Ebrahim Raisi condemned on Wednesday twin blasts that killed at least 103 people in the country's south where crowds gathered to mark the killing of general Qasem Soleimani.

"Undoubtedly, the perpetrators ... of this cowardly act will soon be identified and punished for their heinous act by the capable security and law enforcement forces," said Raisi in a statement.

"The enemies of the nation should know that such actions can never disrupt the solid determination of the Iranian nation." (AFP)

03 Jan 2024, 09:07:52 PM IST

Iran Blasts Live: Yemen's Houthi rebel group condemn Kerman explosions

Iran Blasts Live: According to a report by Al Jazeera, the political office of Yemen’s Houthi rebel group have issued a statement and condemned the Kerman explosions. They referred it to as “criminal bombings" on the anniversary of Soleimani’s “martyrdom".

“This heinous crime represents an extension of all the crimes that attempted to undermine the Islamic Republic, its role in confronting global arrogance, its adoption of the nation’s central cause, and its support for the resistance forces in Palestine and Lebanon," AJ quoted their statement.

03 Jan 2024, 09:03:54 PM IST

Iran Blasts Live: Russian President Vladimir Putin says Iran blasts 'shocking in cruelty and cynicism'

Iran Blasts Live: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday expressed his condolences over twin blasts that killed at least 103 people in Iran near the grave of the slain general Qasem Soleimani.

"The killing of peaceful people visiting the cemetery is shocking in its cruelty and cynicism," Putin said in a letter to Iran's president Ebrahim Raisi and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, reported AFP.

03 Jan 2024, 08:53:31 PM IST

Iran Blasts Live: Iran declares day of mourning on Thursday after blasts kill 103, says state TV

Iran Blasts Live: Iran declared Thursday a day of mourning following twin blasts that killed at least 103 people near the grave of slain general Qasem Soleimani in the country's south.

"Following the terrorist incident in Kerman, the government declared tomorrow (Thursday) a day for public mourning across the country," state television announced on Wednesday. (AFP)

03 Jan 2024, 08:49:41 PM IST

Iran Blasts Live: Videos show chaos, people lying in pool of blood, some weeping — VISUALS

Iran Blasts Live: Two blasts minutes apart rocked Iran's Kerman on Wednesday. Several visuals of the blast, that targeted a commemoration for General Qassem Soleimani, circulated on social media. In the videos, thousands of people could be seen running pillar to post and panicking, while some laid on the streets in a pool of blood. At least 103 people were killed and 141 others were injured in the twin explosion, as per Iran's state media.

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03 Jan 2024, 08:48:13 PM IST

Iran Blasts Live: 'Terror attack' kills 103, netizens mourn, say ‘thoughts and prayers for the victims…'

Iran Blasts Live: Netizens have reacted to the incident and were seen divided. Though they condemned the attack.

Commenting on the incident, one netizen wrote, “Mossad has connivance with RAW under the CIA, Destabilize the region either it is a Middle East or Iran or Afghanistan-Pakistan region.They don't want to see them flourish because that is dangerous to them.Just think why these regions always been tried to make a chaos colony?" 

While another wrote, “Thoughts and prayers for the victims and their family, who died horribly in a terrorist attack today, in Kirman. Fight against terrorism is a global issue."

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03 Jan 2024, 08:40:10 PM IST

Iran Blasts Live: Names of deceased to be released online in sometime, says State media

Iran Blasts Live: As people rush to hospitals to search for their kin's well being following the terror attack, a state television correspondent reporting from inside the Shahid Bahonar Hospital – on behalf of the authorities – has asked people not to enter the hospital. She added that the names of the deceased will be published online in sometime. 

According to reports, a member of the Iranian Red Crescent Society – Melika Hosseini – has been killed in the attack, reported State-linked media.

03 Jan 2024, 08:35:10 PM IST

Iran Blasts Live: 103 killed, 141 wounded in twin explosions as people honour slain general Qasem Soleimani

Iran Blasts Live: Explosions at an event honouring a prominent Iranian general Qasem Soleimani slain in a US airstrike in 2020 have killed at least 103 people and wounded 141 others, state-run media in Iran reported on Wednesday, as officials have called it a terrorist attack.

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03 Jan 2024, 08:34:04 PM IST

Iran Blasts Live: Who was Qasem Soleimani?

Iran Blasts Live: Considered as the architect of Iran's regional military activities, Soleimani is hailed as a national icon among supporters of Iran's theocracy.

He had helped secure Syrian President Bashar Assad's government after the 2011 Arab Spring protests against him turned into a civil, and later a regional, war that still rages today.

His popularity and mystique grew following American officials called for his killing over his help arming militants with penetrating roadside bombs that killed and maimed US troops.

But in January 2020, a drone strike launched by the Trump administration killed the general. A stampede broke out and at least 56 people were killed and more than 200 were injured as thousands thronged the procession. (With agency inputs)

03 Jan 2024, 08:32:05 PM IST

Iran Blasts Live: Perpetrators will be punished’, says Head of Judiciary

Iran Blasts Live: Iran’s head of Judiciary, Gholam Hossein Mohseni-Ejei, has released a statement He had said, as quoted by Al Jazeera, “The agents and perpetrators of this grievous crime will undoubtedly be punished."

“Responsible intelligence, security and law enforcement agencies are obligated to promptly pursue all the evidence and perpetrators and hand them over to the Judiciary."

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