Iranian official says blasts near Soleimani grave were terrorism

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

The deputy governor of Kerman province says that the two blasts near the grave of Islamic Republican Guard Corps general Soleimani were acts of terrorism, according to the IRGC-affiliated Tasnim News Agency.

Sources on the ground are telling local media that the explosions came from suicide bombers in two separate locations, but that has not been confirmed by an official statement.

Initial reports indicated that at least 20 were killed in the blasts and the stampede that followed, but those figures are expected to rise. A Tasnim reporter says that there is a “strong chance” that more than 50 were killed.

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