Colonel Sayyad Kodak of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) was shot dead outside his home in the capital, Tehran, on May 22.
The IRGC said Colonel Kodak’s murder was linked to “foreign factors, ” citing the US and its allies, including Israel. In a statement published on its website, the IRGC said Colonel Kodak was assassinated “in an armed attack by two motorcyclists on Mojahedin-e Eslam Road in Tehran” in front of his home.
Iranian news agency IR A reported that Mr. Kodak was shot dead by five bullets around 4: 00 p.m. when he was returning home. The news agency released images showing a man sitting motionless in the driver’s seat of a white car, with bloodstains around the collar of his blue shirt and on his right arm. The man was wearing a seat belt and the window on the passenger side was broken.
A spokesman for Iran’s Foreign Ministry called the killing of Colonel Kodak an act of “terrorism”. IRGC is launching an investigation to determine who is behind the incident.
news agency cars reported that the state’s Attorney General arrived at the scene and ordered “the perpetrators of this criminal act to be expeditiously identified and arrested.”
A few hours earlier, the IRGC announced that it had arrested a gang “connected to the intelligence services of the Zionist regime (Israel)”. A statement said the suspects were involved in a range of crimes, including “robbery, kidnapping and vandalism.”
Colonel Kodak’s murder comes as negotiations between Iran and world powers to revive the 2015 nuclear deal have stalled since March.
One of the issues that stalled the negotiations was Tehran’s desire to remove the IRGC from the US terrorist list, a request Washington refused.
The 2015 nuclear deal allowed Iran to be lifted from sanctions in exchange for curbing its nuclear program. However, the deal fell through after former US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew and re-imposed economic sanctions on Iran in 2018, prompting Iran to break its commitments.
EU Hoang (Corresponding AFP)