Title: ISIS Claims Responsibility for Deadly Twin Blasts near Soleimani’s Burial Site in Southern Iran
In a devastating attack that has rocked southern Iran, twin blasts near the burial site of Qasem Soleimani have claimed the lives of at least 84 people, making it the deadliest attack witnessed in the country since the 1979 revolution. ISIS, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, has claimed responsibility for the explosions, highlighting the ongoing threat of terrorism in the region.
According to a statement released by ISIS media wing Al-Furqan, the suicide attacks were executed by two brothers who detonated their explosive vests during a Shiite mourning gathering near the burial site. ISIS considers Shia Islam to be heretical and has repeatedly targeted religious sites in Iran.
The official state news agency of Iran and various media outlets reported on ISIS’ claim of responsibility; however, Iranian officials did not immediately comment on the matter and provided a lower death toll than that reported by ISIS.
The two blasts occurred in quick succession, with the second explosion being more deadly as people rushed to aid the wounded. Horrific videos circulating online depicted scenes of chaos, with bloodied bodies and ambulances weaving through the crowds.
In response to the attack, Iran’s President held Israel responsible for the explosions, promising that they would pay a “heavy price.” However, Israel has yet to comment on the matter.
Even prior to ISIS’ statement, analysts and a US official had speculated that the blasts resembled a terror attack. The incident has once again highlighted the ongoing security challenges faced by the region.
Qasem Soleimani was a prominent and influential Iranian military commander who was killed in a US airstrike in 2020. His burial site has remained a symbolic location for his followers, making it a potential target for extremist groups.
As the investigation into the incident continues, more details are expected to emerge. Updates regarding the attack can be found on Matzav Blog as the story unfolds.