AJN Agency.- After the Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the deadly terrorist attack in Iran on Wednesday, Major General Hossein Salami of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps stated that “ISIS terrorists are acting only as agents of the United States and Israel.”
At the funeral for the victims of the twin attacks by the Islamic State two days ago, Salami declared that the “hated Zionist regime is on the brink of destruction, and every day 20 Zionists are killed by the Palestinians.”. numbers that do not match the numbers of actual victims in Israel and the IDF.
About 100 people attended an event in the city of Kerman on Wednesday in memory of the top commander, Qassem Soleimani, killed in Iraq in 2020 by a US drone.
Islamic State said on Thursday that two of its members fired explosive belts at people gathered at a cemetery in the southeastern city.
In a televised speech, President Ebrahim Raisi said: “Our enemies can see the power of Iran and the whole world knows its strength and capabilities. “Our forces will decide the place and time of action.”
State television showed a dense crowd at the Imam Ali religious center in Kerman, where families wept in front of rows of coffins draped in the Iranian flag.
Mourners chanted “revenge, revenge,” “death to America,” and “death to Israel.”
Tehran has often accused Israel and the United States of supporting anti-Iran militant groups that have carried out attacks in the past.
Wednesday’s blasts, the bloodiest since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, came as Israel’s war against Hamas in Gaza neared its third month.
In 2022, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on a Shiite shrine in Iran that killed 15 people, while previous attacks claimed by the Islamic State included two attacks in 2017 against the Iranian Parliament and the tomb of the founder of the Islamic Republic. , Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.