TEHRAN – A member of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) was assassinated in an armed terrorist attack by two motorcyclists in Tehran on Sunday.
According to Iran’s official IRNA news agency, the incident took place around 4 p.m. local time, when the IRGC member was dismounting his car to enter his house in an eastern neighborhood of the Iranian capital.
The IRGC member, identified as Hassan Sayyad Khodayari, was shot five times by the assailants who fled the scene, it said.
The IRIB news agency reported that three bullets hit him in the head and two bullets in his hand.
Other media reports identified him a “defender of the shrine,” a reference to Iranians who fight against Daesh terorrists in Syria and Iraq.
The IRGC issued a statement soon after the assassination, saying that its former member was assassinated in a terrorist attack by counterrevolutionary elements.
The statement condoled with his family, adding that necessary measures have been taken to identify and arrest the assailants.
Following the assassination, head of Tehran Court of Justice Ali Alqasi ordered the Tehran prosecutor to speed up efforts to identify and arrest those behind the criminal act.
Alqasi also stressed the need to expedite judicial measures aimed at identifying the perpetrators of the assassination.
Thugs to Zionist Spy
In a statement on Sunday, the IRGC said Iran’s security forces have arrested a network of thugs affiliated with Israel’s spy services.
The network, it said, was involved in such criminal acts as theft, vandalism targeting public and private property, kidnapping, and obtaining fake confessions.
The statement said the members
of the network were arrested by the IRGC members and the intelligence ministry, without giving further details.
Last month, the intelligence ministry arrested three agents working for the Mossad spy agency in the country’s southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan.
The ministry said in a statement at the time that the spies were involved in disseminating classified information and documents but gave no details about their nationalities.