Soleimani: Stampede kills at least 35 mourners at commander's burial – BBC News


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Soleimani: Stampede kills at least 35 mourners at commander's burial - BBC News

At least 35 people have been killed in a stampede as Iranians flocked to the burial of a top commander killed in a US drone strike, Iranian media report.

The deaths led to the postponement of Qasem Soleimani’s burial. A new time will be announced later, officials say.

Soleimani is being laid to rest in his hometown of Kerman with millions already estimated to have packed the streets for funeral processions.

His killing has raised fears of a conflict between the US and Iran.

Soleimani was widely considered the second most powerful man in Iran behind Supreme Leader Khamenei. The US saw him as a terrorist and a threat to American troops.

President Trump adopted a tough stance against Iran after his election and Tehran responded with their own campaign. Tensions were raised further last month after the US attacked an Iranian-backed militia in Iraq it blamed for attacks on US forces.

It is unclear what caused the stampede in Kerman, south-eastern Iran, but vast numbers of people were in the streets ahead of Soleimani’s planned burial.

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  1. This Announcer is Jiyar Gol… was a young boy in Iran when he watched the promise of the Iranian Revolution turn sour. As an adult and a BBC reporter covering the Middle East, he traveled to South Africa and found a model for compromise and reconciliation that he believes could help Middle Eastern countries now stuck in their transitions to democracy. There are actually many people in Iran that are celebrating the death of this general. They are baking cakes and pastries to give to each other in Celebration. This was reported on the Ken Matthews conservative talk show the other day buy an Iranian woman who was well educated and gave the report of Celebration.

  2. Every day chanting and praying for death on US and Israel, this time angel of death actually come to them. No kidding, their prayer had been heard loud and clear , being answered again..

  3. And Hong Kong march have over a million people but 0 casaulty. Really dont know why they acted as if general was their god or parent who died and weep so much for him while dont even care about their own people.

  4. Calm down iran…let your anger subside…….a commercial airplane of ukraine was already hit by iran missiles. …let the future of your incoming generation be peaceful and full of good intentions…..make the world a better place to live…….

  5. Now I don't know who is telling the truth or the liars. Why the killing then? BBC this from the UK innocent deportee in Ghana Mr Mamadou Bendaloue in Ghana. Morton Hall IRC and Colnbrook IRC I'm still a deportee in Ghana.

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