Tehran, Iran, Jul. 18 – A colonel in the
elite Qods (Jerusalem) Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary
Guards Corps was killed in a fashionable neighbourhood
of Tehran on Thursday, according to the state-sponsored website Baztab.
Colonel Morteza Moinfar
was a commander in the Qods Force, the
extraterritorial arm of the Revolutionary Guards whose stated mission is to
“export the Islamic revolution” to other Muslim countries.
The Qods Force has been responsible for some of
the biggest terrorist attacks sponsored by Iran in the Middle East, Europe, and South America, including the 1996 bombing of
the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia, which killed 19 Americans.
The force has been the lead agency of the Iranian regime’s clandestine
activities in Iraq and has a large network of
operators and informants across the country.
Moinfar had been repeatedly stabbed, the report
said. Authorities have launched a massive manhunt to find his killers.