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Iran blames Israel, vows revenge for brazen motorcycle assassination of IRGC colonel

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Scene of Col. Sayad Khodai’s killing

Iran is vowing to avenge what it’s describing as a brazen assassination of a Revolutionary Guard colonel conducted by a foreign intelligence service. Col. Sayad Khodai was reportedly a commander in the elite Quds Force, which is the foreign intelligence wing of the IRGC. Israeli media is claiming that he had “planned attacks on Jews and Israelis worldwide.”

The Sunday killing took place in Tehran when the IRGC colonel was approach by two unidentified gunmen on a motorcycle who shot him in the head. “I have agreed for our security forces to seriously follow up on this matter and I have no doubt that revenge for the pure blood of our martyr will be taken,” the country’s President Ibrahim Raisi said in a speech.

The military is blaming Israeli intelligence for the killing, with semi-official ISNA news agency claiming that the Guards subsequently

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