Iran vows revenge after biggest terrorist attack since 1979 revolution

An image after the attack that killed more than 80 people (Reuters) (WANA NEWS AGENCY/)

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard and the first vice president Mohammad Mokhber vowed revenge Thursday for the explosions that killed nearly 90 people at a ceremony to commemorate the high commander Qassem Soleimani, who was killed by a US drone attack in 2020 in Iraq.

A very strong retaliation It will be delivered to them in the hands of Soleimani’s soldiers,” Mokhber told reporters at a hospital where some of the wounded were being treated for the bloodiest attack since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

A senior official in the administration of the American president, Joe Bidensaid the explosions appeared to represent “a terrorist attack” of the type carried out in the past by militants of the Islamic State, which later claimed responsibility for the attack.

In a statement, Iran’s powerful Guard described Wednesday’s attack as a cowardly act “aimed at creating insecurity and seeking revenge against the nation’s deep love and devotion to the Islamic Republic.”

The powerful Guards also said the attack “reinforces the determination to punish decisively and justice to the authors.”

The explosions killed nearly 100 people at a ceremony to commemorate top commander Qassem Soleimani, who was killed by a US drone attack in 2020 (Majid Asgaripour/WANA via REUTERS)
The explosions killed nearly 100 people at a ceremony to commemorate top commander Qassem Soleimani, who was killed by a US drone attack in 2020 (Majid Asgaripour/WANA via REUTERS) (WANA NEWS AGENCY/)

The commander of the Guards in the southeastern city of Kerman denied state media reports of a shooting in Kerman on Thursday.

The Iranian president, Ebrahim Raisicondemned the “heinous and inhuman crime,” and Iran’s highest authority, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, promised revenge for the attacks.

Lifeguards of the Iranian Red Crescent They treated the wounded at the ceremony, where hundreds of Iranians had gathered to mark the anniversary of Soleimani’s death. Some Iranian news agencies said the number of wounded was much higher.

Tehran often accuses its archenemies, Israel and the United Statesto support anti-Iran militant groups.

In 2022, the Sunni Muslim militant group Islamic State claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on a Shiite shrine in Iran that killed 15 people.

Previous attacks claimed by the group include two in 2017 against the Iranian parliament and the tomb of the founder of the Islamic Republic, the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

Baloch militants and ethnic Arab separatists have also carried out attacks in Iran.

The US assassination of Soleimani on January 3, 2020 in a drone strike at Baghdad airport, and Tehran’s retaliation – attacking two Iraqi military bases housing US troops – brought the US and Iran closer to a total conflict.

As commander-in-chief of the elite Quds Force, the foreign arm of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Soleimani led clandestine operations abroad and He was a key figure in Iran’s long campaign to expel US forces from the Middle East.

Tensions between Iran and Israel, along with their ally the United States, have reached a new high point in the wake of Israel’s war against Iranian-backed Hamas militants in Gaza, in retaliation for their Oct. 7 incursion into the south. From Israel.

The Yemen Houthi militia backed by Iran, has attacked ships they say have ties to Israel at the entrance to the Red Sea, one of the world’s busiest shipping routes.

US forces have been attacked in Iraq and Syria by militants backed by Iran over Washington’s support for Israel and have carried out their own retaliatory airstrikes.

(With information from Reuters)

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