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Cemetery Blast in Iran


At least 95 people were killed and more than 210 wounded yesterday after a pair of bombings at an Iranian cemetery in the southeastern city of Kerman. The attack took place during a memorial near the gravesite of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the former leader of the country's Revolutionary Guard. Soleimani was killed by a targeted US drone strike four years ago. 


No group has claimed responsibility for the explosions, which reportedly were triggered 20 minutes apart. The attack—Iran's deadliest since the 1979 Islamic Revolution—comes amid spiraling tensions in the Middle East. Iran has long supported a network of Shia Muslim militant groups in the region, including Hamas in the Gaza Strip, and the blasts come one day after an Israeli strike killed a Hamas leader in Lebanon.  


Analysts say it is unclear whether the bombings were linked to the conflict in Gaza—Iran has grappled internally with attacks from antigovernment and Sunni militant groups.

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