Iran Deputy Minister Assassinated in Tehran

Police believe a "personal motive" is behind the shooting of the trade official

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The Iranian deputy minister of trade was assassinated in an eastern neighborhood of Tehran on Sunday night, according to the state news agency IRNA.

In what is believed to be the first killing of a senior central government official in years, Deputy Industry Minister Safdar Rahmat Abadi was shot twice in the head and chest in his car. IRNA spoke to a police official who said two bullet casings were found inside the car, meaning that Abadi was likely shot by someone he was riding with, as the car’s windows weren’t broken and there was no sign of a struggle. According to Reuters, the Mehr semi-official news agency quoted Tehran police officer Colonel Alireza Mehrabi saying, “The likelihood is that the killing of Mr. Rahmat Abadi happened through a personal motive and talk of assassinations and political issues is not involved.”

While there have been other recent attacks on Iranian provincial officials in recent weeks, there had been none involving central government ministers for many years. A U.S. State Department spokesman said they had seen media reports of the shooting, but had no further information or comment.

[Reuters]

7 comments
AIPAClies
AIPAClies

Yet another crime against humanity perpetuated by terrorist israel

Winchestermom
Winchestermom

Hey, it might not be politics at all.  Could have been his wife's lover....

jonest838
jonest838

death penalty  does not necessarily  deter people from committing crimes. Iran has a strict rules on these issues and yet, crimes are on the rise. second, it is not clear whether a regular  crime. it might be an assassination

Curly4
Curly4

Murder, gun violence! iran should pass stricter gun control. Maybe even making it  death to use or even have in one's possession an unauthorized weapon. 

asi4uinc
asi4uinc

When you spread hate it eventually comes back to bite you in the...

#libtardedamerica
#libtardedamerica

@AIPAClies  

yet another dumb@ss conspiracy theorist raving like a moron. don't you think that if there was even the slightest bit of evidence israel was involved the iranian government and media would be up in arms about it? if they're not claiming it was israel, i can almost guarantee you israel wasn't involved. learn to think