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US attributes explosions in Iran to IS but is blamed by Tehran

The double explosion that caused the death of around a hundred people yesterday, near the tomb of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, appears to be a “terrorist attack” of the type carried out by the group known as the Islamic State (IS).

The assumption was made by a US government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “This looks like a terrorist attack, the kind of thing ISIS did in the past, and that’s what we assume now,” this senior leader of President Joe Biden’s government, who requested not to be identified, told reporters.

Already in Tehran, a political advisor to the Iranian president accused Israel and the USA of being behind the two attacks, carried out in the south of the country. “The responsibility for this crime lies with the American and Zionist regimes,” wrote Mohammad Jamshidi on the X social network.

The attacks caused, in addition to 95 deaths, 201 injuries. So far there has been no claim of authorship. This attack in Iran was the deadliest since the Islamic Revolution of 1979. The second explosion occurred about 20 minutes after the first, a technique frequently used to target relief teams.

The attack took place during ceremonies marking the fourth anniversary of the assassination of General Qassem Soleimani, the head of the elite Revolutionary Guard force, by a US drone in neighboring Iraq. The explosions occurred near his grave, where there were long lines of people.

Iran has been the target of attacks, with sabotage and deaths, the responsibility of which has been attributed to Israel. However, among these attacks there have never been explosions aimed at groups of people, like yesterday’s. Sunni extremist groups, including IS, have already carried out large-scale attacks that killed civilians in Shiite-majority Iran.

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