A senior member of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps was assassinated in Tehran on Sunday exterior his dwelling, in line with an announcement by the Guards.
The assertion recognized the person as Col. Sayad Khodayee and mentioned he had fought for years in Syria as a part of Iran’s army deployment to “defend the shrine” — a time period Iran makes use of to justify its presence within the conflict in Syria, and to determine these combating for the Islamic State. The assertion blamed the assassination on international “terrorists” affiliated with world powers thought-about enemies of Iran’s Islamic revolution.
Two assassins on bikes approached Colonel Khodayee’s automotive and fired 5 bullets, state media reported. Pictures present a person within the driver’s seat sporting a seatbelt, bleeding from gunshot wounds and slumped behind the wheel in an Iranian-made Kia Satisfaction. Experiences mentioned his spouse was the primary individual to seek out his physique.
Safety forces are looking for the assassins, who escaped, state media reported. The Tehran prosecutor arrived on the scene quickly after the assault. The killing happened in daylight on a safe road close to Iran’s parliament, in line with The Related Press.
The assassination comes at a time when the Iran nuclear deal is stalemated as a result of the US has designated the Guards as a terrorist group. Iran has demanded that the terrorist designation be eliminated as a situation to revive the deal, and Washington has up to now refused.
There was no instant declare of duty for the killing. However its type echoed earlier assaults in Iran by Israel.
In November 2020 a high Iranian nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakrizadeh, was assassinated whereas touring in a automotive exterior Tehran. An American official and two different intelligence officers later mentioned Israel was behind the killing of Mr. Fakrizadeh, who died after a pickup truck laden with explosives detonated in entrance of his automotive, which was then sprayed with bullets. The assassination was one in a collection concentrating on Iranian nuclear scientists courting to 2010, which Iran has blamed on Israel.
In August 2020 Al Qaeda’s second-in-command, Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, was shot and killed in Tehran by Israeli operatives on a motorbike.