Senior Iran Revolutionary Guards member said assassinated in Tehran
A senior member of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard was killed outside his home in Tehran by gunmen on a motorbike, state TV reports, providing only scant details about the attack.
The two assailants shot the victim five times as he entered his home in an alleyway in the eastern part of the capital, state media says.
According to state news agency IRNA, the man was identified as Col. Sayyad Khodai, and was shot dead by two motorcylists in Tehran’s Mohahedin-e Eslam Street.
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Reports identify the target as a “defender of the shrine,” a reference to Iranians who fight against the extremist Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq within the Guard’s elite Quds force that oversees operations abroad.
There is no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.
Security forces were pursuing the suspected assailants, state TV reports, without offering further details or giving a motive for the killing.