Qasem Soleimani’s funeral delayed after deadly stampede
Videos posted online showed people lying lifeless on a road, others shouting and trying to help them.
Iranian state TV reported Tuesday that at least 32 people were killed and 190 injured in a stampede that erupted at a funeral procession for General Qasem Soleimani in his hometown of Kerman, in southeastern Iran.
The top military commander and high-ranking Hashd-al-Shaabi commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis had been killed in a US drone strike in Baghdad on Friday.
A procession in Tehran on Monday drew over 1 million people in the Iranian capital, crowding both main thoroughfares and side streets in Tehran.
While thousands of people filled the streets of Kerman to mourn Soleimani's death in his hometown, a stampede erupted on Tuesday at the funeral procession, killing 32 people and injuring 190 others, state television reported.
Initial videos posted online showed people lying lifeless on a road, others shouting and trying to help them.
Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Major General Hossein Salami said there will be terrible revenge for the assassination of IRGC Quds Force commander Lt. General Qasem Soleimani, Tasnim News Agency reported.
Addressing people at the burial of General Soleimani in Iran’s southern city of Kerman on Tuesday, the IRGC chief said, “I’d say the last word at the beginning: We will take revenge.”
Salami underlined that Iran will wreak harsh and decisive revenge against the US for the assassination of General Soleimani, in such a way that the enemy will regret its mistake.
He also said that the US forces will be soon expelled from the region.
The funeral has been delayed after the deadly stampede.