Iranians attend a funeral procession and burial for Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force, at his hometown in Kerman, Iran January 7, 2020. (Mehdi Bolourian/Fars News Agency/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS)

DUBAI/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - At least 50 people were killed in a stampede as mourners packed streets for the funeral of a slain Iranian military commander in his hometown on Tuesday, forcing his burial to be postponed, state media reported.

Tens of thousands of people had gathered in the southeastern city of Kerman to pay tribute to General Qasem Soleimani, whose killing in a U.S. drone strike in Iraq on Friday plunged the region into a new crisis and raised fears of a broader conflict.

A senior Iranian official said Tehran was considering several scenarios to avenge his killing. Other senior figures have said Iran will match the scale of Soleimani's killing when it responds but that it will choose the time and place.

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