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
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addresses the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

(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.

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HANKHILL
Oct 4, 2013 5:32 PM CDT
LET US JUST BE HAPPY THE SCUM BAG IS DEAD NO MATTER HOW AND JUST MOVE ON!
angelakolios
Oct 4, 2013 1:31 PM CDT
where is the ACLU??? they should file a law suit right away. This type of assassinations are not permitted. Ooops sorry only Americans can't assassinate everyone else it's ok. My bad.
Winston_Smith
Oct 3, 2013 8:49 PM CDT
This has the fingerprints of the Mossad all over it, as do the other assasinations. They are the only organization in the Middle East--perhaps the world--with the kind of operational reach and discipline to repeatedly carry out these kinds of precise, targeted attacks against protected targets and get away with them. Since Iran has repeatedly called for Israel's destruction, and continues to attempt to build nukes, they don't really have anything to lose by doing so. They'll keep doing it until the Iranians come to some kind of understanding with them, formal or informal.