Gunmen Thought Neda Had Terrorist Links: Iran

Extremists blamed for 'murderous objectives' against regime

By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User

Posted Jun 24, 2009 1:50 PM CDT

(Newser) – Neda Agha-Soltan may have been mistaken for a terrorist’s sister when she was gunned down mid-protest, Iran’s state-run news agency claims. “Groups who want to create division” purposely killed the 26-year-old—now the face of the demonstrations—“to accuse the Islamic republic of ruthlessly dealing with the opposition,” it continues. The extremist group in question violently promotes secular Marxism in Iran, CNN reports.

The report goes on to say that the killers may have "thought that they were targeting one of the government opposition people, and that is why they immediately distributed the video of the aftermath of the killing through the official and unofficial media in order to reach their murderous objectives against the Iranian government and revolution."

This May 2009 photo provided by Caspian Makan, 37-year-old photojournalist in Tehran who identified himself as Neda Agha Soltan's boyfriend purports to show Neda Agha Soltan.
This May 2009 photo provided by Caspian Makan, 37-year-old photojournalist in Tehran who identified himself as Neda Agha Soltan's boyfriend purports to show Neda Agha Soltan.   (AP Photo/Courtesy Caspian Makan)
Undated image from a video being widely circulated on the internet reportedly showing a badly injured girl identified as Neda.
Undated image from a video being widely circulated on the internet reportedly showing a badly injured girl identified as Neda.   (AP Photo)
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According to the evidence so far, it could be said that she was killed by mistake. - IRNA, Iran's state-run news agency

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