At least 70 killed in explosions during Iranian memorial ceremony for slain General Soleimani

At least seventy people were killed on Wednesday by two explosions near a cemetery in the Iranian city of Kerman. At the time of the attack, a memorial ceremony was taking place there for Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, who was killed by the United States four years ago, international news agencies reported on the basis of Iranian state television.

It is not known who is behind the attack in the southern Iranian city. Thousands of people are said to have attended the commemoration ceremony. After the explosions, a stampede reportedly occurred and people trampled each other, causing… at least 170 people injured would have been hit.

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