Published: 07 Jan 2020, 05:06 pm
At least 40 people have been killed in a stampede at Soleimani's funeral as Iran's state TV quoted. Another 213 were wounded in Today's stampede, according to local media reports.
Today, thousands of people gathered in Kerman for the burial of Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds Force, who was assassinated on Friday near the international airport of Iraq's capital, Baghdad.
Initial videos posted online showed people lying lifeless on a road, others shouting and trying to help them.
Earlier, Pirhossein Koulivand, the head of Iran’s emergency medical services, spoke on the telephone to state TV and confirmed the stampede.
"Unfortunately for the stampede, some of our compatriots have been injured and some have been killed during the funeral processions," he said.
A procession in Tehran a day earlier drew over one million people, crowding both main boulevards and side streets. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei wept openly as he led funeral prayers in front of Tehran University.
Tuesday's funeral came after days of parades that started in the streets of Ahvaz in southwestern Iran, followed by Mashhad in the northwest, the holy city of Qom, and Tehran.
The outflow of grief was an extraordinary honor for a man treated as a national hero, for his work leading the Guard’s elite Quds Force.