Colonel Hassan Sayyad Khodaei, a senior member of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard has been killed outside his home in Tehran by two gunmen on a motorbike on Sunday.
Colonel Hassan Sayyad Khodaei, a high-ranking member of the powerful Revolutionary Guard in Iran has been shot dead by gunmen on a motorbike outside his home.
Although details have been limited, with the Guard refusing to release much information about the shooting that occurred today in broad daylight in the middle of the capital of Iran, the Revolutionary Guard blamed the killing on "global arrogance," which usually refers to Israel and the United States.
That accusation by the Guard, as well as the brazen shooting, raised the possibility of a link with other motorbike slayings previously blamed on Israel by Iran.
No persons or group have yet claimed responsibility for the attack.
The killing of Colonel Hassan Sayyad Khodaei was carried out by two assailants who shot him five times in his unarmored Kia Pride.
Local media reports described Khodaei as a "defender of the shrine," a reference given to Iranians who fight against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq within the Guard's elite Quds force.
Very little information is available publicly about Khodaei, officers from Quds are renowned for being shadowy figures who carry out secretive military operations supporting Hezbollah, the Lebanese militant group, and other militias in Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere.
The prosecutor for Tehran arrived at the scene of the shooting within a few hours to investigate. It was quickly demanded that police find and arrest the perpetrators.
The quick probe gave evidence of Khodaei's importance in the murky structure of the Guard's overseas operations.
Those operations have come under attack from Israel in Syria. An airstrike carried out by Israel close to the Syrian capital of Damascus in March killed two Guard members, prompting Iran to retaliate by launching a missile attack into northern Iraq.
According to state TV, Iranian security forces were pursuing the suspected shooters.
Shortly after the killing, Iran's state-run media said that the Revolutionary Guard's security forces had uncovered and arrested members of an Israeli intelligence network operating in the country, they did not elaborate as to whether this had any connection to the slaying of Khodaei.