Security: Stampede at Soleimani funeral procession in central Kerman, Iran, leaves at least 35 dead, 48 injured, Jan. 7. Transport disruptions likely.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert affects Iran

This alert began 07 Jan 2020 10:40 GMT and is scheduled to expire 07 Jan 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Funeral stampede
  • Location: Kerman (map)
  • Date: Jan. 7
  • Impact: Localized transport disruptions, increased security personnel deployment

Summary
A stampede occurred during the funeral procession and burial of Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani in central Kerman, killing at least 35 people and injuring 48 others, Jan. 7. The cause of the stampede remains unclear.

Authorities will likely increase security as emergency services respond to the incident. Additional road closures and traffic detours are likely near the scene.

Background and Analysis
Iran has been in a state of mourning since the Jan. 3 deaths of Soleimani and several prominent Iraqi Shi'a militia leaders, including Abu Mahdi al-Mohandis, in Baghdad, Iraq. Thousands of people have been attending funeral processions across Iran, culminating in Soleimani's burial in his hometown of Kerman.

Advice
Maintain a low public profile and avoid all gatherings and rallies. Allow extra time to reach destinations in Kerman. Heed the advice of security personnel. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation.