Iran Cyber Chief Dead: Assassination or Not?

Revolutionary Guard denies reports of targeted killing

By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 3, 2013 3:21 PM CDT

(Newser) – This much is clear: The head of Iran's "cyber war" computer defenses is dead. But how it happened is still a mystery. The Telegraph reports that Mojtaba Ahmadi was found shot to death in the woods, and it quotes a local police official as saying two men on a motorbike assassinated him. The report speculates that the killing is similar to the assassinations of several nuclear scientists in Iran since 2007, killings that Iran blames on Israel.

Ahmadi belonged to Iran's Revolutionary Guard, which issued a statement denying reports of an assassination, reports the International Business Times. "In the wake of a horrific incident involving one of the IRGC officials ... the matter is being investigated and the main reason of the event and the motive of the attacker has not been specified," it said in a statement picked up by Reuters.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addresses the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly in this file photo.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addresses the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
Female Iranian mourners carry a flag-draped coffin, not Ahmadi's, in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013.
Female Iranian mourners carry a flag-draped coffin, not Ahmadi's, in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013.   (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
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