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Iran denies IRGC commander killed, vows ‘excruciating response’ over scientist hit

A spokesman for Iran’s foreign ministry is denying reports that a Revolutionary Guards commander was killed in a drone strike on the Syria-Iraq border, and vowing “excruciating” revenge for the killers of nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.

Saeed Khatibzadeh (Screen capture: YouTube)

“We have not received any report in this regard, and it seems more of a media propaganda,” Saeed Khatibzadeh says, according to the semi-official Mehr news agency.

But he adds that questions should be directed to Iran’s armed forces.

Reports Sunday and Monday claimed that Muslim Shahdan was killed in a drone strike on his car. According to one report, the vehicle was also transporting weapons.

Khatibzadeh also says that “the Islamic Republic of Iran will give an excruciating response to the perpetrators and murderers of martyr Fakhrizadeh.”

Members of Iranian forces pray around the coffin of slain nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh during the burial ceremony at Imamzadeh Saleh shrine in northern Tehran, on November 30, 2020. (HAMED MALEKPOUR / TASNIM NEWS / AFP)

He notes that all regional countries “but one” condemned the killing, which Iran has blamed on Israel.

“All know that this condemnation is aimed at the occupying regime of Israel,” he says.

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