by Miceál O’Hurley
DUBLIN — In a 5 January Press Release from the The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Dublin on the Embassy strongly condemned the terrorist attack which took рІасе in the city of Kerman, Iran оп Wednesday, 3rd January, 2024.
The attack, which took place while large crowds gathered to commemorate the anniversary of the killing of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Commander Qassem Suleimani. General Suleimani was killed in a U.S. drone strike as he visited the airport in Baghdad in 2020. He was aged 62 at the time of his death. The killing of Suleimani was widely described as an “assassination” by media outlets worldwide as diverse as BBC News, NBC News, DW News, Time, The Guardian and others. The U.S. remains unapologetic about Suleimani’s killing claiming it was justified.
According to the Press Release, the Islamic Republic of Iran, , “… is а victim of terrorism both from Iranian terror groups like МЕК and international terror groups like ISIS. Terrorism has по limits – it is а threat to аІІ, to реасе and to security, not just in Iran but in аІІ parts of the world. АІІ terrorist groups must Ье treated in the same manner and аІІ terrorist attacks, regardless of geography, must Ье condemned emphatically Ьу аІІ responsible nations and individuals. The use of terrorist groups for destabilising and putting pressure оп states зnd nations is not а political or acceptable way to achieve national goals.”
A 4 January Statement from ISIL (known as the Daesh is Arabic) claimed responsibility for the Kerman attack. Immediately following reports of the attack some in Iran made claims the U.S. and Israel were responsible for the bombing. The following day Reuters news agency published an article in which the U.S. intelligence community concluded, based on communications intercepts, that ISIL was responsible for the attack.
According to the Press Release from the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Dublin the 3 January attack in Kerman was the most lethal terrorist attack in the country’s history. Iran claims some 95 innocent реорІе martyred and over 200 injured. Media organisations have made claims of deaths in excess of 200 persons. No independent confirmation of fatalities or injuries is available as of time of publication.
International reaction has been swift and condemning of the attack at Kerman. A European Union foreign affairs spokesperson said in a statement:
“The EU condemns in the strongest terms today’s bombing in the city of Kerman in Iran. The EU expresses its solidarity with the Iranian people. This act of terror has exacted a shocking toll of civilian deaths and injuries. Our thoughts now are with the victims and their families. Perpetrators must be held accountable.”
Equal condemnation has issued from governments across the globe from Malaysia, Russia, Iraq, at Türkiye with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan posting on ‘X’ (formerly known as Twitter):
“We are deeply saddened by the heinous terrorist attacks carried out in Iran’s Kerman province. May God have mercy on those who lost their lives in the attacks, and I wish a speedy recovery to those who were injured."
Iran’s allies such as the Houthis and Hezbollah also condemned the violent attack in Kerman.
While denying responsibility for the attack or any knowledge of Israeli involvement in the attack in Kerman, U.S. Department of State spokesperson Matthew Miller said:
“We do express our sympathies to the victims and their loved ones who died in this horrific explosion."
In a prepared statement, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres offered his condolences and expressed the UN’s condemnation of the attack:
“The Secretary-General strongly condemns the attack today on a memorial ceremony in Kerman city in the Islamic Republic of Iran, which reportedly killed more than 100 people and injured many more. The Secretary-General calls for those responsible to be held accountable. The Secretary-General expresses his deep condolences to the bereaved families and the people and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran. He wishes the injured a speedy recovery.”
The Embassy in Dublin extended its deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, their friends and the Iranian реорІе, particularly in the City of Kerman.