Iranian protesters set fire to Ayatollah Khomeini’s house

Protesters in Iran have set fire to the ancestral home of the founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

Images posted on social media show part of the structure in the city of Khomein – named after him – being set ablaze.

But despite news agencies verifying the videos’ location, regional authorities denied there had been an arson attack.

Ayatollah Khomeini is said to have been born in the house, which is now a museum that commemorates his life.

He served as the first supreme leader of Iran from 1979 until his death in 1989. His death is still marked by a day of mourning each year.

Social media videos from the Khomein show dozens of people cheering as the fire breaks out. Both Reuters and AFP news agencies said they had verified the location depicted in the videos, but not the date. According to Reuters, Iranian activist network 1500Tasvir said the footage was taken on Thursday evening.

However, Khomein county’s press office denied there had been an attack to…

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