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Iran Identified Suspected Bomb-Maker Behind 2 Blasts, Arrest 35 People

Iran authorities say they have identified the alleged who made bomb.

According to official media, Iran police have identified the accused mastermind behind the twin bomb that occurred on January 3 in the southeast city of Kerman, killing over ninety people.

The Ministry of Intelligence claimed on Thursday that the primary suspect responsible for organizing the attacks was a Tajik national going by the identity Abdollah Tajiki.

According to a ministry statement, he had crossed into Iran in mid-December via the southeast border and had left two days prior to the incident after planting the devices.

The attack at a memorial for top commander Qassem Soleimani in Kerman, some 820 kilometers (510 miles) southeast of Tehran, was officially declared the work of the armed group known as ISIL (ISIS) on January 4.

The head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) elite Quds Force, Soleimani, was assassinated in an Iraqi drone strike in 2020 on the orders of US President Donald Trump.

Authorities said on Thursday that 94 people had died as a result of the incident, 14 of whom were citizens of Afghanistan. Over 280 individuals suffered injuries.

So far 35 people have been arrested across multiple provinces with apparent links to the attacks, IRNA added.

According to the ministry, one bomber initially blew his explosives at the ceremony in Kerman, then another attacked 20 minutes later while emergency workers and other people sought to help the wounded from the first blow.

Last week, as funerals were held in Kerman, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi threatened to punish for the attack, reminding Tehran’s foes that “our forces will decide on the place and time to take action”.

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