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Iran militiamen attack Iranian Ayatollah’s home

Supporters of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday attacked the house of Grand Ayatollah Yussef Sanei in the religious city of Qom, reformist websites reported.

Hundreds of so-called Basij, voluntary militias supporting Ahmadinejad, attacked the ayatollah’s house, insulted him, broke some windows and even injured some of his aides, several websites reported.

There has been no official confirmation yet and the report has not yet been carried by state media.

The 72-year-old Grand Ayatollah Sanei is an opponent of Ahmadinejad and has several times criticized the president’s policies.

Following the demise of Grand Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri on Saturday, Sanei is considered by observers as successor of Montazeri and hence spiritual mentor of the country’s opposition movement.

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