0533 GMT June 26, 2022
Tens of thousands on Tuesday attended a funeral procession in Tehran for an officer of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), who was assassinated in the Iranian capital on Sunday.
In an iconic square in Tehran, large crowds of people from all walks of life surrounded a truck carrying Colonel Hassan Sayyad Khodaei’s casket, which was wrapped in Iran's flag and strewn with flowers, to bid farewell to the slain officer.
Mourners punched the air with their fists and chanted “Death to Israel” as they held portraits of Khodaei, who was gunned down by two assassins on a motorbike in front of his home.
The assailants fired five shots while the IRGC officer was behind the wheel of his car.
Iranian officials, including President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi, have already vowed to revenge.
The assassination bore the hallmarks of previous deadly attacks in Iran blamed on Israel, such as those targeting the nuclear scientists.
Six Iranian scientists and academics have been assassinated or attacked since 2010, several of them by assailants riding motorcycles, in attacks Iran blamed on Israel.
The IRGC said in a statement that the attackers were “counter-revolutionaries and elements associated with global arrogance”.
The statement added that the 50-year-old Khodaei was a "defender of the shrine," a reference to Iranian military advisers who were sent to Syria to help it fight militant and terrorist groups such as Daesh.
IRGC chief commander Major General Hossein Salami and IRGC’s Quds Force commander Esmaeil Qa’ani took part in the ceremony.
"Iran's response to any threat or malicious action will be harsh. But we will determine when, how, and in what circumstances it will be. We will definitely take revenge on our enemies," Salami told reporters.
“No evil act of the enemy will go unanswered and we will freeze the enemy in his aspirations.”
A street in Tehran has already been named after the colonel.