Francisco “received with deep sadness the news of the loss of human life caused by the recent explosions in Kerman and sends his prayers for the dead and their bereaved families”, said a telegram sent on his behalf by the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin .

The Pope also “expressed his spiritual solidarity with the injured” and “invoked, especially for the Iranian people, the Almighty’s blessings of wisdom and peace”, the document added.

Today, Iranian officials carried out a new assessment of the attacks, indicating that 89 people died and 280 others were injured.

The previous report by Iranian authorities indicated 84 deaths in the attacks in Kerman, after reducing the 103 deaths they initially announced.

Iranian officials had also stressed that many of the injured were in critical condition.

The terrorist group Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the double attack with suicide bombers on Wednesday in the city of Kerman, in southern Iran, during the tributes paid to Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani, killed in an attack carried out by the United States in January 2020 in Baghdad, Iraq.

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