At least 40 people killed in a stampede at Qassim Soleimani's funeral

At least 40 people killed in a stampede at Qassim Soleimani's funeral

- Qassem Soleimani was killed in a US military strike last Friday

- The Iranian government held a mass prayer in honour of the military general

- The funeral service of the Quds Force leader took place in his hometown of Kerman

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At least 40 mourners have been confirmed dead while 213 others are fighting for their lives following a stampede during the burial of slain Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani.

A huge crowd turned up at Soleimani's home town of Kerman to pay their last respect to Iran's elite Quds Force leader, who was killed in a drone strike by the US last week.

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Getty Images.

The late Qassem Soleimani was killed on January 3. Photo: Getty Images.
Source: Getty Images

According to Al Jazeera, the mourners who formed a sea of humanity was travelling in narrow spaces in one direction to the graveyard.

Similar prayers were also conducted by the Iranian embassy in Kenya at the Jaffery Islamic Centre Mosque in Nairobi on Sunday.

BBC News.

Mourners gathered at Soleimani's home town of Kerman for his burial. Photo: BBC News.
Source: UGC

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Following the incident, the state national broadcaster announced the postponement of the general's internment.

Soleimani's assassination sparked tensions between Iran and the United States, with war looking more and more likely.

However, President Donald Trump said the killing was necessary to avoid war.

“We took action last night to stop a war, we did not take action to start a war. I have deep respect for the Iranian people who are remarkable with an incredible heritage and unlimited potential. We do not seek regime change, however, the Iranian regime aggression in the region including use of proxy fighters to destabilise its neighbours must end now,” he explained.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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