Stampede kills 52 at Iranian General’s funeral | Daily News


Stampede kills 52 at Iranian General’s funeral

A stampede at the funeral for a top Iranian general killed 52 people and injured 212 on Tuesday in the southeastern city of Kerman, state television reported.

The injured were immediately transferred to hospital, he added.

AFP correspondents in Kerman said the streets of the southeastern city were packed with mourners for the funeral of Revilutionary Guards commander Qasem Soleimani in his hometown.

People were seen taking refuge on hillsides around the city on state television.

Soleimani, the hugely popular head of the Guards’ Quds Force, was assassinated on Friday in a US drone strike near Baghdad international airport, an operation that shocked the Islamic republic.

Tuesday’s funeral comes after days of processions through the southwestern city of Ahvaz and the shrine cities of Qom and Mashhad as well as the capital Tehran.- AFP



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