- Qassem Soleimani was killed in the US military strike in Baghdad on January 3
- The Iranian government held prayer mass in honour of the military general
- The funeral service of the Quds Force leader was underway at his home town of Kerman
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At least 40 mourners have been confirmed dead while 213 others are fighting for their lives following a stampede during the burial of slain Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani.
A sea of humanity had turned up Soleimani's home town of Kerman to pay its last respect to the Iran's elite Quds Force who was killed in one drone strike by the US army on January 3.
According to Al Jazeera, the mourners some of whom had missed out on the earlier mass prayer in Ahvaz, were travelling in narrow spaces in one direction to the graveyard.
Similar prayers were also conducted by the Iranian embassy in Kenya at the Jaffery Islamic Centre Mosque in Nairobi on Sunday, January 5.
Following the incident, the state national broadcaster announced postponement of the general's internment pending confirmation of a new time.
Soleimani's assassination sparked off deep-seated tensions between the US and Iran.
However, President Donald Trump said the killing was necessary to avoid stop war.
“We took action last night to stop a war, we did not take action to start a war. I have deep respect for the Iranian people who are remarkable with an incredible heritage and unlimited potential. We do not seek regime change, however, the Iranian regime aggression in the region including use of proxy fighters to destabilise its neighbours must end now,” he explained.
In other foreign news, the UK royal family has released a very significant portrait covering four generations. The picture has Queen Elizabeth, Prince Williams, Prince Charles and 6-year-old Prince George.
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