IS terrorist militia claims responsibility for attack in Iran

IS terrorist militia claims responsibility for attack in Iran

On Wednesday, two killers detonated explosive belts at a memorial event in Kerman. IS takes responsibility for the terrorist attack, as announced on its own propaganda channels.

The Islamic State (IS) terrorist militia claimed responsibility for the devastating attack in the Iranian city of Kerman, which left more than 80 people dead. The group made the announcement on Thursday through its usual advertising channels. Two assassins detonated their explosive belts during mourning events on Wednesday to mark the anniversary of the death of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, the statement said.

In the attack near Soleimani's tomb on Wednesday, 84 people were killed and 284 injured in two large explosions. The EU condemned the attack as an act of terror. It was the deadliest attack in the 45-year history of the Islamic Republic.

More than a year ago, IS claimed responsibility for an attack on a Shiite shrine in the cultural metropolis of Shiraz. The October 2022 attack killed more than a dozen people. The judiciary then publicly executed two men with Afghan citizenship who Iran held responsible for the attack.

IS considers Iran's predominant Shiite population to be apostates from Islam and despises them. Shia, the smaller of the two main branches of Islam, is the official religion of the Islamic Republic. A regional branch of IS is active in neighboring Afghanistan, where the group intends to establish a “province” called IS-Khorasan, close to Pakistan. (APA/dpa)

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