January 7, 2020 / 10:23 AM / a month ago

Stampede during funeral for Iranian commander kills 35: report

Iranian people attend a funeral procession and burial for Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force, who was killed in an air strike at Baghdad airport, at his hometown in Kerman, Iran January 7, 2020. Mehdi Bolourian/Fars News Agency/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

DUBAI (Reuters) - A stampede among mourners during the funeral ceremony for a slain Iranian commander in the southeastern city of Kerman killed 35 people on Tuesday and injured 48, the Young Journalists Club website, which is affiliated to state television, reported.

Tens of thousands of mourners poured on to the streets of Kerman for the funeral of Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Iraq on Friday. His body had been taken to Iraqi and Iranian cities before arriving in Kerman for burial.

Reporting by Parisa Hafezi; Editing by Edmund Blair

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