Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said they were investigating the death of an officer
in a “horrific incident” on Monday, but denied media reports that it was an
Alborz, an Iranian website, reported earlier this week
that Mojtaba Ahmadi, an official of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, was
found near Karaj, a town northwest of Tehran, with a bullet in his
The London-based Daily Telegraph reported that Ahmadi was a
commander of the unit’s Cyber War Headquarters, and quoted a local police
commander as saying it was an assassination.
An IRGC statement was quoted
by online Sepah News as saying, “in the wake of a horrific incident involving
one of the IRGC officials... the matter is being investigated and the
main reason of the event and the motive of the attacker has not been
Sepah, which is operated by the Revolutionary Guard, ran its
report under the headline “Denial of news reports of the assassination of one of
The statement did not identify Ahmadi, but a local
news website published pictures on Wednesday showing his funeral procession,
along with text excerpts of the IRGC communique.
“The result of
investigation will be announced through official channels, and any speculation
will not be appropriate before the investigation is over,” an Iranian official
said late on Wednesday.
Western officials have not commented on the incident.
Iran has been accused of mounting cyber
attacks against Western targets in recent years, and has itself been the target
of suspected US attacks on computer systems at its nuclear
For their part, authorities in Tehran have accused Israel and
its Western allies of carrying out a series of assassinations against Iranian
nuclear scientists. The last such attack happened in January 2012, when one man
was killed by a car bomb.Reuters contributed to this report.