Soleimani burial postponed due to crowded and deadly stampede

Soleimani burial postponed due to crowded and deadly stampede

Iranian state TV reported that a stampede killed at least 40 people and injured over 190 more as large crowds turned out in the hometown of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani for his burial on Tuesday, a day after an enormous funeral procession in the capital Tehran.

The burial was subsequently postponed, with Iranian media citing the "enormous crowd." They also said the number of victims was likely to increase.

Eyewitnesses described scenes of "mass panic" as thousands of people converged in the city. The general's flag-draped coffin was making itself slowly along the streets of the city of Kerman when the deadly stampede broke out.

"Unfortunately as a result of the stampede, some of our compatriots have been injured and some have been killed during the funeral processions," said Pirhossein Koulivand, the head of Iran's emergency medical services.