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Iranian Cyberwarfare Commander Shot Dead in Suspected Assassination

Wednesday, 02 Oct 2013 06:51 PM

By Cathy Burke

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The head of Iran’s cyberwarfare program has been fatally shot, triggering speculation that Israel’s spy agency, Mossad, was behind the attack, The Daily Telegraph of Britain reported Wednesday.

Mojtaba Ahmadi, who served as commander of Iran’s Cyber War Headquarters, was found dead in a wooded area near the town of Karaj, northwest of the capital Tehran.

Five Iranian nuclear scientists and the head of the country’s ballistic missile program have been killed since 2007, and The Daily Telegraph reported the regime has accused the Mossad of carrying out the hits.

Besides Israel, Iran has also blamed the U.S. and Britain for killing its scientists. Both countries have denied involvement, Israel National News reported.

Israel has not officially commented, but after Roshan’s death, Israel Defense Forces spokesman Brigadier General wrote on his Facebook page, "I do not know who brought the Iranian scientist to account, but I certainly won't shed a tear for him,” Israel National News reported.

Ahmadi was last seen alive leaving his home for work Saturday. He was found with two bullets in the heart, according to the Telegraph, which cited Alborz, a website linked to the Revolutionary Guard Corps.

The Facebook page of the officers of the Cyber War Headquarters confirmed Ahmadi had been one of their commander and posted messages of condolence. Alborz users warned the openly accessible book of condolence could harm Iran’s national security.

A statement from the Imam Hassan Mojtaba division of the Revolutionary Guard Corps said Ahmadi’s death was being investigated, and warned against speculation "prematurely about the identity of those responsible for the killing."

The last victim of a known assassination was Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, a chemist at the uranium enrichment plant at Natanz, who died when an explosive device blew up his car in January 2012.

Last Sunday, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif attacked Israel, saying it "cannot kill all of our scientists. They have unfortunately assassinated some of them and nobody has raised an eyebrow about it, which is a source of great concern for us that the world," Ynetnews reported.

"The United States, which is supposed to be against terrorism, is allowing terrorists to kill innocent Iranian scientists," he said in an interview with ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos."

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