Iran says IRGC colonel was killed in Tehran

A colonel with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) was killed in a gun attack in the capital Tehran on Sunday, the IRGC said in a statement carried by state media.

The IRGC statement identified the victim as Colonel Sayad Khodaei and blamed “anti-revolutionary (groups) and agents of global arrogance” for his murder. Iran uses the term “anti-revolution” to describe anti-regime opposition groups and “global arrogance” to refer to the United States and its allies.

Khodaei was killed around 4 pm local time by two motorcyclists who fired five bullets at him near his home, the semi-official Fars news agency said.

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Iranian state media described Khodaei as a “sanctuary defender,” a term Tehran uses to refer to fighters it sends to Syria to fight alongside Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.

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