Iran Cyber Chief Found Gunned Down, Reports Say

Reports indicate this could be another assassination against an influential Iranian official.

Iranians carry the coffin of nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan during his funeral on Jan. 13, 2012, after the Friday prayers outside Tehran University .
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The chief of Iran's Cyber War Headquarters has been gunned down outside Tehran, according to local sources and news reports.

Mojtaba Ahmadi was founded dead in a wooded area in Karaj, a town northwest of the capital city, with two bullets in his heart, according to Iranian news site Alborz. Local officials believe he was assassinated.

An eyewitness told Alborz, which is related to the Revolutionary Guard Corps, "I could see two bullet wounds on his body and the extent of the injuries indicated he had been assassinated from close range with a pistol," reports the Telegraph.

Two people on a motorcycle were involved in the killing, a local police commander said.

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The Telegraph reports users on the Alborz network advised against continued postings of condolences for the dead commander.

"Stop giving more information about him. The counter-revolutionaries will take advantage of his murder," one wrote in a post. "It sounds like a hit job for a security officer of this importance."

There was no mention of Wednesday's killing on Fars, the Iranian government's official news site.

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard is investigating what it's calling a "horrific incident," but denies it was an assassination.

This marks the latest in a string of killings targeting high-profile leaders within Iran. Five nuclear scientists have been killed since 2007, as well as the head of the country's ballistic missile program.

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The Iranian government tightened security for scientists following a drive-by assassination in January 2012 of Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, the deputy director of one of Iran's leading nuclear enrichment sites. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, then president, attributed the attack to "the evil hands of arrogance and Zionist agents," reported the New York Times.

Newly minted president Hassan Rouhani has adopted a conciliatory tone at times toward relations with the United States and with Jews, in sharp contrast to his predecessor. This led up to the U.N. General Assembly in New York last month, which lay the groundwork for a potential breakthrough in relations with the U.S. over the Iranian nuclear program.

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