Iran Vows a ‘Harsh Response’ for Bombing That Killed Over 100 Iranians

Tehran has not officially attributed blame for the attack, which targeted a commemoration for Gen. Soleimani in the city of Kerman

Iran has vowed a “harsh response” to the bombing in the southeastern Iranian city of Kerman that killed at least 103 people, including women and children, but has not formally attributed blame for the attack.

The bombing targeted a memorial commemorating the fourth anniversary of the US killing of Iranian Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani, who was targeted by a US drone strike in Baghdad on January 3, 2020. Iranian officials have said two separate bombs were placed in bags on the side of a road leading to a cemetery where a large crowd of people was heading.

“The evil and criminal enemies of the Iranian nation once again created a disaster and martyred a large number of dear people in Kerman,” Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a statement. “This disaster will have a harsh response, God willing.”

Israel is a suspect in the bombing since it has a history of conducting sabotage attacks, assassinations, and drone attacks inside Iran and recently killed a senior Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander in Syria, as well as a senior Hamas official in Beirut. Israel also appears to be attempting to provoke a regional war that would draw in the US.

But the scale of the bombing was bigger than anything Israel has carried out inside Iran in the past. US officials are pointing to ISIS as a potential culprit, as the group has also carried out attacks inside Iran in recent years and was an enemy of Soleimani.

The Iranian mission to the UN hinted Israel could have been responsible in a post on X. “The fear of the Zionist regime & its puppet terrorist groups of Martyr Soleimani led to another crime in Kerman during his commemoration ceremony,” the mission said. “Iran will respond with fire & fury to the orchestrators, perpetrators, & anyone who’s aided & abetted in this terrorist attack.”

Iranian Ambassador to the UN Amir Saeid Iravani said in a letter to top UN officials that “comprehensive investigations are currently underway to identify and apprehend the perpetrators and organizers behind this premeditated and appalling crime.”

Author: Dave DeCamp

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