Iran’s Colonel Khodai assassinated by gunmen…

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Iran’s Colonel Khodai assassinated by gunmen…

Mourners beside Colonel Sayad Khodai's vehicle

Iran’s Revolutionary said on that one of its officers, Sayad Khodai, was killed in a rare assassination in Tehran.

Khodai was “one of the defenders of the shrines”, the semi-official Tasnim news reported.

The term refers to military personnel or who Iran says fight on its behalf to protect Shi’ite sites in Iraq or Syria against groups such as State.

Two on a motorcycle opened fire on Khodai, Tasnim reported, citing an source.

Mourners beside Colonel Sayad Khodai’s vehicle

The semi-official ISNA news agency reported that members of an Israeli service had been discovered and by the Guards.

The Israeli Prime Minister’s Office, which oversees intelligence agency Mossad, declined to comment on the in Tehran.

“The sworn enemies of the holy system of the Islamic Republic of Iran once again showed their evil nature with the assassination and martyrdom of one of the members of the IRGC troops,” said Iranian spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh.

At least six Iranian and academics have been killed or since 2010, several of them by assailants riding motorcycles, in incidents believed to have targeted Iran’s disputed nuclear programme, which the West says is aimed at producing a bomb.

Iran denies this, saying its nuclear programme has peaceful purposes, and has denounced the killings as acts of carried out by intelligence agencies and the Mossad.

Israel has declined comment on such accusations.

In April, Iran’s intelligence ministry said it had arrested three Mossad spies in a published by the semi-official Fars news agency.

Iran has been sending to Syria since the early stages of its civil war to support its ally, President Bashar al-Assad, against Sunni .

The “defenders of the shrines” also include and Pakistani volunteers.

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