A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guard agent was assassinated outside his home in Tehran on Sunday, the garrison said.
The statement identified the man as Colonel Sayad Khodayee and said he had fought in Syria for years as part of Iran’s military deployment “to defend the cathedral”. We are fighting for the Islamic State. The statement accused the assassination of being a foreign “terrorist” linked to a world power considered the enemy of Iran’s Islamic revolution.
Two assassins on motorcycles approached Colonel Khodayee’s car and fired five bullets, state media reported. The photo shows a man wearing a seat belt sitting in the driver’s seat of an Iranian-made Kia Pride, bleeding from a gunshot wound and lying behind the steering wheel. According to reports, his wife was the first to discover his body.
Security forces are tracking the escaped assassins, state media reported. Tehran prosecutors arrived at the scene shortly after the attack. The killing took place in broad daylight on a safe street near the Iranian parliament, according to the Associated Press.
The assassination came at a time when the U.S. designated the Guards as a terrorist organization and stalled the Iran nuclear deal. Iran has demanded the removal of the terrorist designation as a condition for reviving the treaty, but the United States has so far refused to do so.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the murder. However, the style reflected Israel’s earlier attacks on Iran.
In November 2020, Iran’s chief nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakrizadeh, was assassinated while traveling in a car outside Tehran. A US official and two other intelligence officials later said Israel had killed Mr. Fakrizadeh. He was shot to death after a pickup truck loaded with explosives exploded in front of his car. The assassination has been one of a series of incidents targeting Iranian nuclear scientists since 2010, which Iran blames Israel for.
In August 2020, Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, al-Qaeda’s second-in-command, was shot and killed by an Israeli agent in Tehran while riding a motorcycle.