Iran. IRGC Al-Quds Force operative slain in Tehran: State Media | News

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Hassan Sayyad Khodayari was a member of the Quds Force, the IRGC’s foreign arm, who served in Syria for the past few years.

Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said one of its members was assassinated in the capital Tehran by gunmen riding two motorcycles, according to the official IRNA news agency.

Al Jazeera’s Ali Hashem said the IRGC issued a statement on Sunday saying Hassan Sayyad Khodayari had been assassinated by the enemy of the revolution. He said Khodayari was a member of the Quds Force (which is responsible for the IRGC’s foreign operations) who served in Syria for the past few years.

The Al Jazeera correspondent said that in a few hours we will begin to know Khodayari and what he was doing in Syria, as well as the message behind this assassination.

“Is this, for example, an Israeli assassination? This is what Iranians are referring to when they say “the enemies of the revolution are behind this assassination”, Hashem said.

The state agency described him as a “sanctuary defender” – a term used to describe anyone who works on behalf of the Islamic republic in Syria or Iraq.

The IRGC, the ideological arm of the Iranian military, has identified Khodayari as a colonel.

According to IRNA, Khodayari was shot five times as he was returning home around 4:00 p.m. (23:30 GMT).

The agency released photos showing a man slumped in the driver’s seat of a car, with blood around the collar of his blue shirt and on his upper right arm.

“Terrorist act”

In a statement posted on their website, the Guard Corps also denounced a “terrorist act” which they said was perpetrated by “elements linked to global arrogance”.

The Body of Guards said it had launched an investigation to identify “the attacker or attackers”.

In a separate development, Iranian state television earlier reported that members of an Israeli intelligence network had been tracked down and arrested by the IRGC.

“Under the direction of the Zionist regime’s intelligence services, the network attempted to steal and destroy personal and public property, kidnap and obtain fabricated confessions through a network of thugs,” said the IRGC’s public relations department in a statement.

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