More than 100 people killed in twin blasts near slain Iran commander’s grave

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Photo source: Press Office of Iranian Supreme Leader/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

CNN – At least 103 people were killed Wednesday and 188 injured in the Iranian city of Kerman after twin blasts near the burial site of slain military commander Qasem Soleimani, in what officials called a terror attack.

The blasts, at least one of which was caused by a bomb, state TV said, came on the fourth anniversary of Soleimani’s death in a US air strike, and threatens to accelerate tensions in the region that have spiked since the start of the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza.

The first explosion was 2,300 feet (700 meters) from Soleimani’s grave, and the second was 0.6 miles (1 kilometer) away as pilgrims visited the site, IRNA added.

PC: Mahdi Karbakhsh Ravari/AP

Soleimani was killed by a US airstrike ordered by former President Donald Trump at Baghdad International Airport four years ago Wednesday.

Iran declared Thursday a day of mourning following the blasts. Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi canceled his upcoming trip to Turkey in the aftermath of the explosion