Opponents of Aytatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's regime assassinated one of his most trusted deputies today in downtown Tehran, the Iranian news agency Pars reported.
Pars said three gunmen shot and killed Hojatol Islam Taghi Besharati, member of parliament for Semirom in south-central Iran, in an ambush in a narrow alley.
The gunmen also wounded Besharati's bodyguard before escaping in a car, Pars said.
Besharati, one of the men chosen by Khomeini to write a new constitution in 1979, was the second deputy and fourth Khomeini official assassinated in a week in a new wave of opposition to the Ayatollah's revolutionary Islamic regime.
Tehran radio said earlier that a firing squad executed three members of an outlawed anti-clergy Iranian group, including a woman, in Tehran's maximum security prison of Evin.
Khomeini, emerging from 10 days seclusion, appealed to Arab nations today to end their attacks on Iran.
In his address to army cadets and representatives of the ruling Islamic Republican urged Arab countries to 'unite against the common enemy -- Israel.'
Khomeini also urged Iranians to 'take all necessary measures to prevent counter-revolutionaries from infiltrating into governmental departments.'
The radio, monitored in Beirut, Lebanon, did not disclose the nature of the crimes committed by those executed, but it said all three belonged to the leftist Mujahideen Khalq organization.
They were executed by a firing squad at dawn Sunday, the radio said.
Twenty-two people, including seven women, were executed recently in Evin, according to a report by the Turkish radio and television network.
The network said the 22 were 'monarchists' -- followers of late Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi.
There was no official confirmation from Tehran.
Tehran Radio said 200 prisoners were released from Evin.
The radio said the prisoners were freed after they had 'truly embraced Islam and pledged allegience to the Islamic government.'
In his speech today, Khomeini also called on all Moslem nations to 'unite against the common enemy, Israel, instead of antagonizing Iran.'
In similar remarks to the official Pars news agency, House speaker Hashemi Rafsanjani said recent anti-Iranian propoganda was 'American inspired.'
Both Khomeini and Rafsanjani seemed to be referring to recent accusations by Gulf Arab states that Iran had trained a group of terrorists and sent them to Bahrain and other Arab states to overthrow the regimes.