More than 30 people dead in a stampede at funeral of top Iranian commander killed in US drone strike

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More than 30 people have been killed in a stampede as Iranians flocked to the burial of a top commander killed in a US drone strike.

Reports indicate that the incident has led to the postponement of Qasem Soleimani’s burial with a new date expected to be announced later.

Though it is unclear what caused the stampede, a vast number of people were in the streets ahead of Soleimani’s burial on Tuesday morning.

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

The Iranian commander was widely considered the second most powerful man in Iran behind Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

The US however saw him as a terrorist and a threat to American troops.

US President Donald Trump adopted a tough stance against Iran after his election, and Tehran responded with their own campaign.

Tensions heightened further last month after the US attacked an Iranian-backed militia in Iraq it blamed for attacks on US forces.

Source: ABCNewsgh.com

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