Tehran, Iran (CNB News) Over 50 people were killed and 212 were injured in a stampede that erupted at the funeral procession of an Iranian general slain last week in a US strike, Iranian media reported.
The stampede left “more than 50 dead,” said Abbas Amian, chief of the forensic institute in Qassem Soleimani’s hometown of Kerman, in southeastern Iran. Iranian state TV said at least 56 people have been killed and more than 200 injured in the stampede, citing security sources.
Soleimani’s burial was postponed after as many as 50 people were killed and more than 200 injured during the crush in his hometown of Kerman, Iran’s ISNA news agency said, quoting the chief coroner for Kerman province, Abbas Amian, according to Reuters.
Call To Mind
Mourners in Kerman on Tuesday dressed in black carried posters bearing the image of Soleimani, a man whose slaying prompted Iran’s supreme leader to weep over his casket on Monday as a crowd said by police to be in the millions filled Tehran streets. Although there was no independent estimate, aerial footage and Associated Press journalists suggested a turnout of at least 1 million, and the throngs were visible on satellite images of Tehran taken Monday.
The outpouring of grief was an unprecedented honor for a man viewed by Iranians as a national hero for his work leading the Guard’s expeditionary Quds Force. The US blames him for the killing of American troops in Iraq and accused him of plotting new attacks just before his death Friday in a drone strike near Baghdad’s airport. Soleimani also led forces in Syria backing President Bashar Assad in a long war, and he also served as the point man for Iranian proxies in countries like Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen.