Stampede at Soleimani’s Funeral Kills 40, Injures 213

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General Qasem Soleimani’s funeral procession, Jan. 7, 2020

40 people were killed and 213 injured following a stampede at Quds Force commander General Qasem Soleimani’s funeral in Kerman, Pirhossein Koulivand, the head of Iran’s emergency medical services told Iran’s state TV, according to a tweet by Bloomberg’s reporter in Iran Yasna Haghdoost.

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According to ABC Australia, videos of the procession online showed people lying dead on a road, with others screaming while trying to help them.

Soleimani’s burial was delayed over concerns about the massive crowd that had gathered, ISNA reported.

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IRNA only reported that “thousands of the people from both the capital and other cities of Kerman province in the south of the country have already gathered in the main square of the city of Kerman to welcome the body of the slain General,” and that “People are chanting slogans that echo their wrath towards the US and promise revenge from those who planned and carried out the assassination,” but no word about the stampede.

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