The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on Wednesday condemned “in the strongest terms the terrorist attack” in Iran that occurred in the eastern city of Kerman.
The fatal attack reportedly killed more than 100 people taking part in a 4th commemoration for the martyrdom of a former top military general Qassim Suleimani.
More than 180 people were also seriously wounded, according to Iranian authorities at the scene.
“In this sense, Venezuela stands in solidarity with the brother People and Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran and extends its heartfelt words of condolences to the family and friends of the victims, and wishes for the speedy recovery of the injured, while urging that those responsible for such repudiated acts are legally punished.
“The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, consistent with the Bolivarian Peace Diplomacy, firmly rejects terrorism in all its manifestations and deplores any act of violence that is intended to cause terror and anxiety in the civilian population and reaffirms its total attachment to life and integrity,” the country’s foreign ministry stated.
Media reports citing local officials said that there were two explosions as thousands were walking along the route to a cemetery in Kerman which is the final resting place of General Suleimani, who was killed in a US drone strike in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.
Iranian officials suggest that the roadside bombs were detonated by remote control, causing widespread carnage and chaos. Given the scale and size of the blasts, the death toll is expected to rise.
So far, there has been no claim of responsibility for the attack.