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At least 50 killed in stampede at Iranian general's funeral, Tehran weighs response to U.S. attack


Mehdi Bolourian/Fars News Agency/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS


At least 50 people were killed in a stampede as tens of thousands of mourners packed streets for the funeral of a slain Iranian military commander in his hometown on Tuesday, forcing his burial to be delayed by several hours, state media said.


General Qassem Soleimani’s burial began in late afternoon in the southeastern Iranian city of Kerman, four days after his killing in a U.S. drone strike in Iraq that plunged the region into a new crisis and raised fears of broader conflict.


“A few minutes ago his body was transferred to the martyrs section of Kerman cemetery,” the semi-official news agency ISNA reported, adding that Soleimani’s interment had begun.


7th January 2020

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