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Qasem Soleimani's remains arrive in Iran

Filed on January 5, 2020 | Last updated on January 5, 2020 at 11.09 am
Qasem Soleimani, remains, Iran, Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani, Kerman

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Along with Soliemani's remains, the body of Abu Mahdi Al Muhandis, was also brought to Iran for DNA testing.

The remains of Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani, who was killed in a US airstrike, has arrived in Iran, where he will be laid to rest later this week.

A massive funeral procession was held on Sunday, January 5, morning in Ahvaz, the Tehran-based Press TV said in a report.

From Ahvaz, the procession will head to the city of Mashhad later in the day and from there to Tehran and finally reach Soleimani's hometown Kerman where his burial will be held on Tuesday.

Along with Soliemani's remains, the body of Abu Mahdi Al Muhandis, the second-in-command of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Front (PMF) who was also killed in the Friday airstrike, was also brought to Iran for DNA testing, Press TV reported.

After the testing, Muhandis's remains will be returned to Iraq's Najaf city for burial.

Besides Baghdad, people also took to the streets of the Iraqi cities of Najaf and Karbala.

A total of 10 people-five Iraqis and five Iranians-were killed in the January 3 airstrike, which was ordered by US President Donald Trump, that hit their motorcade just outside Baghdad airport.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani have vowed to retaliate against the US over Soleimani's death.

The airstrike came after Iraqi protesters on December 31 stormed the US embassy compound in Baghdad to protest the American air raids conducted on December 29 against five bases of Iran-backed militias in Iraq and Syria, claiming the lives of 25 people.

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