Suspected Iranian Cyber Warfare Commander Found Dead

Assassination suspected, despite denials by Iran's Revolutionary Guard


Mojtaba Ahmadi, a suspected commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Cyber War Headquarters, was found dead northwest of Tehran on Monday, according to Israel Hayom.

The Revolutionary Guard has said the death was being investigated as a “horrific incident,” denying reports that it was an assassination. Other outlets have contradicted the Revolutionary Guard. Israel Hayom reports:

Alborz, an Iranian website, reported earlier this week that Mojtaba Ahmadi, an official of the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, was found shot dead near Karaj, a town northwest of the capital Tehran.

He had left his house on Monday morning and was found a few hours later with a bullet in his heart, it said.

The London-based Daily Telegraph reported that Ahmadi was a commander of the unit’s Cyber War Headquarters and quoted a local police commander as saying it was an assassination.

It speculated that the death could have been an assassination, similar to those of five Iranian nuclear scientists since 2007.