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
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)
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(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."
(Read more Iran stories.)