iranian general accuses israeli and us agents of involvement in bombing, arrests suspects

At the funeral for the victims of twin Islamic State bombings, Major General Hossein Salami claimed that the “hated Zionist regime is on the verge of destruction and every day 20 Zionists are killed by the Palestinians.” Nearly 100 people were killed at a memorial in the city of Kerman on Wednesday for top commander Qassem Soleimani, who was assassinated in Iraq in 2020 by a US drone. Islamic State said on Thursday that two of its members had detonated explosive belts in the crowd that had gathered at the cemetery in the southeastern city. Interior minister Ahmad Vahidi told state TV a number of suspects had been arrested. Mourners shouted “revenge, revenge,” “Death to America” and “Death to Israel.” Tehran often accuses Israel and the United States of backing 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 nears the three-month mark. In 2022, Islamic State claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on a Shi’ite shrine in Iran that killed 15 people, while earlier attacks claimed by Islamic State include twin bombings in 2017 that targeted Iran’s parliament and the tomb of the Islamic Republic’s founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.