Gisoo Misha Ahmadi
Press TV, Tehran
Crowds surrounded the truck carrying Colonel Hassan Sayyad Khodaei’s casket, wrapped in Iran’s flag and strewn with flowers as people turned out to pay their last respects to him in a mass funeral procession in Tehran.
Mourners held portraits of the IRGC member who was assassinated in broad daylight in front of his home.
The attack on Sayyad Khodaei happened in Tehran at around 4 p.m. local time on Sunday when two motorcyclists shot him five times while he was in his car, and fled the scene.
In a statement, the IRGC said the assassination was carried out by “counterrevolution elements”, adding that necessary measures have been taken to identify and arrest the assailants.
The Islamic Republic has repeatedly been a victim of terrorist attacks since it was established over four decades ago. The last such attack happened in November 2020 when Iranian scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was assassinated.
Between 2010 and 2012, at least four other Iranian scientists were also assassinated in Tehran.
Senior Iranian officials have strongly condemned the attack, with President Ebrahim Raeesi vowing to take revenge on those responsible for the assassination.
While those who have taken part in the funeral procession in the capital Tehran bid farewell to the martyr, they are also vowing a strong response to the assassins.