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Slain IRGC official said to be behind 2012 attacks on Israeli envoys abroad

Family members of Col. Hassan Sayad Khodaei weep over his body at his car after he was shot by two assailants in Tehran, Iran, May 22, 2022. (Islamic Republic News Agency, IRNA via AP)
Family members of Col. Hassan Sayad Khodaei weep over his body at his car after he was shot by two assailants in Tehran, Iran, May 22, 2022. (Islamic Republic News Agency, IRNA via AP)

The Iranian Revolutionary Guards colonel who was shot dead in Tehran yesterday was behind a series of attacks on Israeli envoys in several countries in 2012, according to a report in the Iranian opposition media outlet Iran International.

According to the report, Colonel Hassan Sayyad Khodayari, who was assassinated yesterday in the heart of Tehran, was responsible for a 2012 car bomb targeting an Israeli diplomat in New Delhi, which injured the envoy’s wife. Khodayari was also reportedly behind a series of botched bombings a day later in Thailand aimed at killing Israeli envoys.

Tehran has vowed to avenge the assassination, but stopped short of directly blaming Israel. Unsourced Hebrew media reports claim that intelligence shows that only a foreign body could have carried out such a brazen attack on Khodayari.

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