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SEPTEMBER 2020

Burial of slain Iranian general Soleimani delayed due to huge crowds, STAMPEDE kills 40 – state media

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Originally appeared at RT

The burial of assassinated Iranian commander General Qassem Soleimani has been postponed due to a stampede which erupted on Tuesday during the funeral procession, state media reported.

Iranians poured into the streets of Soleimani’s hometown of Kerman on Tuesday to pay their final respects. Photographs of the funeral procession show throngs of mourners dressed in black. Some carried flags and portraits of the slain Quds Force leader as they slowly moved through the town. Local media estimated that several million people attended the funeral.

Burial of slain Iranian general Soleimani delayed due to huge crowds, STAMPEDE kills 40 – state media

Iranian mourners gather around a vehicle carrying the coffin of slain top general Qasem Soleimani, in Kerman on January 7, 2020. © AFP / ATTA KENARE

However, the huge turnout tragically led to a stampede that killed 40 people and injured 213 others, state television said. Graphic videos on social media purportedly show trampled bodies lying on the street. The crowds forced authorities to postpone Soleimani’s burial, the semi-official ISNA, but the news agency did not specify how long the delay would be.

Soleimani was killed by a US drone strike in Baghdad last week, prompting several days of mourning in Iran. A funeral ceremony in Tehran, held on Monday, reportedly drew more than a million people, but no serious injuries or deaths were reported.

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