'Severe revenge' awaits Qassem Soleimani's killers, vows Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei

Iran's Supreme LeaderAyatullah Ali Khamenei warned that "severe revenge" awaits the killers of Qassem Soleimani after a US air strike killed the Iranian top general in Baghdad late on Thursday.

 Ayatullah Khamenei also vowed that the "road of jihad and resistance" will continue with stronger efforts after Qasim Soleimani's death.

"Severe revenge awaits the criminals whose dirty hands were tainted with his blood and the blood of all the martyrs of last night's incident," said Ayatullah Khamenei, in a statement posted on his Farsi and Arabic Twitter accounts, early on Friday.

"The martyr, Qasim Soleimani, was an international resistance figure, and all those who loved him are calling for revenge for his blood."

He also announced three days of mourning for Sardar Soleimani.