An Iranian holds a picture of late General Qassem Soleimani
An Iranian holds a picture of late General Qassem Soleimani

Body of slain general Qasem Soleimani returned to Iran

ANI | Updated: Jan 05, 2020 13:23 IST

Tehran [Iran], Jan 5 (ANI): The body of Iran's elite Quds Force chief Qassem Soleimani -- who was killed in a US airstrike earlier this week -- was returned to Iran on Sunday, country's state-run IRIB news agency reported.
Soleimani's body was flown to the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz, two days after a US airstrike near Baghdad international airport killed him, along with Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the report said, as cited by Sputnik.
This comes after thousands of mourners joined a funeral procession for Soleimani and al-Muhandis in Baghdad on Saturday. The ceremony was also attended by Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi.
Iran is observing three days of national mourning in the honour of Soleimani, who is widely believed to have been the second-most powerful figure in Iran. Supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei has promised to exact "harsh revenge" for the targeted killing. (ANI)

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