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‘Millions’ pack Tehran streets for general’s funeral

Mass mourning: Crowds pay tribute to Qasem Soleimani in Tehran PICTURE: ATTA KENARE/AFP

HUGE crowds packed the streets of Tehran yesterday for the funeral of Iran’s top general Qasem Soleimani.

State TV estimated that ‘millions’ turned out for the ceremony, which came three days after Soleimani was assassinated in a US drone strike.

In a rare show of emotion, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei was seen crying as he led prayers for a tyrant said to have ‘initiated, planned and carried out many terror attacks’.

Rare show of emotion: Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei (left) weeps as he leads prayers for the general PICTURE: AP

Soleimani’s daughter, Zeinab, warned of revenge and predicted the US faced ‘dark days’ ahead. ‘The families of the American soldiers in western Asia will spend their days waiting for the death of their children,’ she said to cheers.

Mourners held red Shia flags, which symbolise the blood of someone unjustly killed and call for vengeance.

Soleimani’s body was later taken to the city of Qom where more crowds packed the streets. He will be buried in his hometown of Kerman today.