Iranian state TV says 32 people have been killed and 190 people have been injured in a stampede at the funeral procession for General Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a US drone strike.
The TV network says the stampede erupted in Kerman, the hometown of Soleimani where the procession was underway on Tuesday. The network originally said 35 people had been killed.
His funeral was later postponed but no new timing was given.
The remains of Iran’s most powerful general arrived Tuesday in Kerman for his burial following an unprecedented outpouring of grief in a three-day state funeral procession.
Thousands gathered in Iranian city Kerman, the hometown of the slain General Qassem Soleimani, where his final resting place was being prepared.
Soleimani’s remains and those of the others killed in last week’s US airstrike were brought to a central square in Kerman, a desert city surrounded by mountains where he will be buried later on Tuesday.
Khameini prays over casket
At yesterday’s funeral procession, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei prayed over the caskets of the top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and others killed in a U.S. airstrike near the Baghdad airport last week.
The general’s successor, Easmail Ghaani stood near his side, as did Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and other top leaders in the Islamic Republic.
Khamenei wept at one point during the traditional Muslim prayers for the dead. The crowd and others wailed. Afterwards, the crowd screamed: “Death to America!”