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Colonel of Iran's Revolutionary Guards shot dead

International desk
Unidentified gunmen on a motorbike have killed a senior member of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard outside his home in Tehran.

The corps gave only scant detail about the killing, which occurred in broad daylight in the heart of the Iranian capital, but blamed it on “global arrogance” – typically code for the US and Israel.

The accusation and the style of the attack raised the possibility of a link with other motorbike killings previously attributed to Israel, such as those targeting the country’s nuclear scientists.

Two assailants shot Col Hassan Sayad Khodaei five times in his unarmoured Iranian-made vehicle just off a highly secure street that is home to Iran’s parliament, state media said.

Reports identified Khodaei only as a “defender of the shrine,” a reference to fighters against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq from the Revolutionary Guard’s elite Quds Force that oversees foreign operations.

Little information was publicly available about Khodaei, but Quds officers tend to carry out secretive military missions supporting Hezbollah, the Lebanese militant group and political party, and militias in Syria, Iraq, and elsewhere.
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