Israel has informed the United States that it was responsible for the targeted elimination of Colonel Sayyad Khodai from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, the report reported on Wednesday. New York Timesciting an intelligence official.
According to the report, the Israelis told the Americans that the assassination was a warning to Iran to end the operations of a secret group within the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). ), known as Unit 840, the intelligence official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Unit 840 is tasked with abducting and murdering foreigners around the world, including Israeli civilians and officials, according to Israeli government, military and intelligence officials.
Israeli officials said Khodai was the deputy commander of Unit 840 and was involved in planning plots against foreigners, including Israelis.
Israel said he was also responsible for the unit’s operations in the Middle East, and that he had been involved over the past two years in attempted terror attacks against Israelis, European and American civilians. , and government officials in Colombia, Kenya, Ethiopia, United Arab Emirates and Cyprus.
Thousands of Iranians on Tuesday paid their last respects to the Revolutionary Guards officer who was shot dead in Tehran.
Colonel Sayyad Khodai was killed on Sunday by two motorcyclists who opened fire on him in the east of the Iranian capital as he was returning home. He was shot five times, according to the official Irna agency.
Iribnews, the state television site, presented the slain officer as a member of the Quds Force, the elite unit of the Revolutionary Guards in charge of external operations. The victim was “known” in Syria, a country at war where Iran militarily helps the regime of Bashar al-Assad.