A statue of former Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani was torched on Wednesday night by unidentified individuals in Shahrekord in western Iran, according to the Iranian ISNA news agency.

Soleimani was assassinated by a US drone strike next to the Baghdad International Airport on January 3, 2020. The second anniversary of the assassination was marked this week.

Video reportedly from the scene on Wednesday night showed the statue engulfed in a pillar of fire in the middle of a roundabout.

Mohammad Ali Nekounam, the representative of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and the Friday prayer leader of Shahrekord, compared the burning of the statue to the assassination of Soleimani, saying “this crime in the dark of night is like the same crime in Baghdad airport that in the privacy of the night and at the height of cowardice, and it will make Hajj Qasim position in the hearts more stable.”

The statue of Soleimani had just been unveiled on Wednesday morning. The six-meter tall statue was worth about 150 million Tomans or about $35,500, according to ISNA.

This is not the first time a statue of the former Quds Force commander has been torched in Iran.

In August of last year, a statue of Soleimani was torched in the city of Yasuj in southwestern Iran.

Source: JPost

Related Articles:

Two additional Manchester men arrested in connection with Texas synagogue attack

Manchester police have arrested two further suspects in connection with the Texas synagogue attack that took place in mid-January. The two men were apprehended by...

Esther Horgan’s murderer claims terrorism is a Palestinian ‘right’

The military court in the Salam camp held a hearing this morning on the case of the murderer of Esther Horgan. The prosecutor is seeking to impose a life sentence on the terrorist...

HMD Ceremony: Auschwitz survivor and great-grandson share important message for next generation

A special ceremony for International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2022 was co-hosted by the UK Foreign Office and Israeli Embassy. The ceremony includes speeches from Ambassador Tzipi...

Report: 2021 was worst year in decade for antisemitism around the world

A new report has found that 2021 was the worst year for antisemitic incidents when compared to statistics over the past decade. The Antisemitism Report for 2021 is published...

UAE intercepts two missiles over Abu Dhabi

The United Arab Emirates intercepted two ballistic missiles targeting Abu Dhabi early Monday, its state-run news agency reported, the latest attack to target the Emirati capital.Defense...