Iran mourns victims of Kerman attack, warns Israel

The Iranian government declared public mourning for the victims of the double explosion that took place in the province of Kerman, which killed 103 people. Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi also warned Israel that it will pay a high price for Karman's crime.

Iran mourns victims of Kerman attack, warns Israel

The Iranian government declared public mourning for the victims of the double explosion that took place in the province of Kerman, which killed 103 people. Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi also warned Israel that it will pay a high price for Karman's crime.

"The death toll from the two terrorist explosions near the tomb of former IRGC Qods Force commander Qasem Soleimani in the southern Iranian province of Kerman has risen to 103 dead and 141 wounded," the Emergency Situations Authority said in a statement.

In a statement, the government declared a one-day national mourning for the attack. The government also expressed condolences to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery for the wounded.

Meanwhile, local authorities in Kerman province declared three days of mourning.

Two explosions occurred within 10 minutes of each other on a road marking the fourth anniversary of the assassination of former Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani. Dozens were killed and wounded, according to Iranian media.

Iran's Islamic Republic News Agency reported that President Ebrahim Raisi canceled his scheduled visit to Turkey on Thursday after the Kerman attacks.

"After the terrorist attacks in Kerman that killed several Iranians, the president decided to cancel his visit to Turkey ... and the visit will take place at an appropriate time," Mohammad Jamshidi, an official in Raisi's office, told AFP.

Iranian Threat
Following the incident, the Iranian president said that "revenge against those behind the terrorist attack in Kerman is inevitable and unavoidable".

"We strongly condemn the terrorist crime in Kerman, and we warn Israel that it will pay dearly for Karman's crime with its remorse," he said.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said the response to the Karman blasts would be harsh, and that the soldiers of Soleimani's Qassim road would not bear the crime.

"Pure blood of innocent people was spilled in Kerman by the agents and supporters of the Zionist entity," said Mohammad Mukhbar, Iran's vice president.

Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force commander Brig. Gen. Ismail Qaani said the Kerman bombing was carried out by agents of Israel and the United States.

"The attack was secured by the United States and the Zionist entity, but we will not give up our attempt to eliminate Israel," Qaani said.

American Exile
In contrast, the State Department said that the United States was not involved in any way in the Kerman explosions and that there was no reason to believe that Israel was involved.

The US State Department added, Wednesday, that Washington remains deeply concerned about the danger of the war in Gaza spreading to other fronts in the Middle East.

Israeli occupation army spokesman Daniel Haggari denied responsibility for the attack.

"We have no comment on the bombings that took place in Iran and we are focusing on the war against Hamas," he said at a press conference.

"On January 3, 2020, Soleimani, along with Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy commander of the PMF Commission in Iraq, was killed by a US airstrike near Baghdad."