DUBAI - Iran's Revolutionary Guards said they were investigating the death of an officer in a "horrific incident", but denied media reports it was an assassination.
Alborz, an Iranian website, reported earlier this week that Mojtaba Ahmadi, an official of the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), was found shot dead near Karaj, a town northwest of the capital Tehran.
He had left his house on Monday morning and was found a few hours later with a bullet in his heart, it said.
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.
It speculated that the death could have been an assassination, similar to those of five Iranian nuclear scientists since 2007.