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Statue of Slain Commander Soleimani Torched in Iran Hours After Unveiling

Unknown assailants set fire to effigy of IRGC general in Shahrekord as country marks anniversary of assassination; exiled dissident group hails ‘resistance units’ behind attack
Statue of slain commander Soleimani torched in Iran hours after unveiling
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Times of Israel

A statue erected to honor slain Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani has been torched by unknown assailants hours after it was unveiled, Iranian media reported Thursday.

Soleimani, who headed the Quds Force, the foreign operations arm of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, was killed on January 3, 2020 in Iraq in a United States drone strike at Baghdad airport along with his Iraqi lieutenant and others.

On Wednesday morning, a statue to honor him was unveiled in the southwestern Iranian city of Shahrekord.

But in the evening it was set on fire, ISNA news agency said, calling it a “shameful act by unknown individuals.”

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