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Biden Admin Says US, Israel Not Behind Iran Blast As Death Toll Surpasses 100

• Zero Hedge

Update(1405ET): The death toll in Kerman city has risen to at least 103 killed, and over 141 injured, with new details being revealed in state-backed IRNA news as follows: "The first blast took place 700 meters away from Martyr General Qassem Soleimani's tomb and the second explosion happened one kilometer away from it." Other sources are saying there were well over 170 injuries in the aftermath. "The explosions dispersed mourners from Kerman's cemetery and ambulances rushed to deliver the injured to hospitals in the city," the report continues. This was among the single deadliest attacks in all of Iranian history.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi didn't single out any country of its intelligence services for being behind the attack, but said, "the perpetrators and criminals who were involved in this terrorist crime will soon be identified and punished for their actions."

However, some top Iranian officials did quickly point the finger at Israel and the US. This prompted a quick rejection of the allegation by the Biden administration, which also sought to distance Israel from the mass casualty event too:

State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said the U.S. had no reason to believe that Israel was involved in the explosion, and added, "the United States was not involved in any way, and any suggestion to the contrary is ridiculous."