Iran : Qassem Soleimani's remains arrive in Kerman for burial

Iran : Qassem Soleimani's remains arrive in Kerman for burial

The remains of top Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani arrived in his hometown of Kerman for burial early on Tuesday, a day after millions of mourners gathered in the capital Tehran and the city of Qom in an emotionally-charged funeral procession.

State television showed tens of thousands of people on Kerman's streets, carrying Iranian flags and images of the general, as hymns of mourning blasted from loudspeakers.

Tuesday's ceremonies mark the end of a three-day mourning period for the Quds Force commander, who was assassinated on Friday in a US air strike in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

Soleimani, 62, was born into a poor Family in Kerman province in the country's southeast.

He started working as a 13-year-old to help support his family, spending his free time attending sermons.

As a young man during the Iranian revolution in 1979, Soleimani began his ascent through the Iranian military, although he did not finish school.

Soleimani emerged from the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s a national hero for the missions he led across Iraq's border.