Iran probes 'horrific' death, denies assassination

AP News
Posted: Oct 03, 2013 7:20 AM

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's Revolutionary Guard says it's investigating a "horrific incident" that caused the death of a member of the powerful military force but denies reports that it was an assassination.

A statement on the Guard's website says a probe is underway but that the case is not being treated as an assassination.

Iran's news website Alborz reported this week that a senior Guard official was assassinated west of Tehran. Other reports identified the victim as Mojtaba Ahmadi, a member of the Guard's cyber warfare unit.

The reports brought references to other targeted slayings in recent years, including those Iran blames on Israel.

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The Guard says the reason for the death is still unclear. But the headline on its website on Tuesday described the statement as a "denial" of the assassination claims.