Huge numbers of black-clad mourners have turned out to pay their final respects to Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani ahead of his burial.

Soleimani was assassinated in a US drone strike in Iraq on Friday, on the orders of President Donald Trump.

His body has now arrived in his hometown of Kerman in south-eastern Iran, where he is being buried on Tuesday morning.

Large crowds already turned out for a funeral procession in Tehran.

Iran has vowed “severe revenge” for the death of Soleimani and on Sunday pulled back from the 2015 nuclear accord.

Soleimani, 62, headed Iran’s elite Quds Force, and was tasked with protecting and boosting Iran’s influence in the Middle East.

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