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Soleimani’s funeral: Dozens killed, event postponed

Mourners in their hundreds of thousands had gathered in General Soleimani’s hometown on Tuesday to pay tribute to the slain ex-Revolutionary Guard commander, but the incidental mayhem forced officials to postpone the funeral.

Dozens of people have been killed in a stampede in the southeastern Iranian town of Kerman as huge crowds of mourners thronged the streets for the funeral of assassinated Iranian military commander, Qassem Soleimani.

His killing in a US drone strike in Iraq on Friday plunged the region into a new crisis, raising fears of a wider conflict.

Senior Iranian officials have since warned that Tehran will match the scale of Soleimani’s killing when it responds, but only at the time and place of its choosing.

Tuesday’s stampede broke out amid the crush of mourners, killing at least forty people and injuring about 213 others, Reuters quoted two official Iranian sources as saying.

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