On Monday, following the shooting death of an Islamic Revolution Guard Corps colonel in eastern Tehran, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said that "revenge on criminals for the pure blood of this honorable martyr is inevitable." File Photo by Maryam Rahmanian /UPI | License Photo
May 23 (UPI) -- Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi called for "revenge" after an Islamic Revolution Guard Corps colonel was shot to death outside of his home in eastern Tehran on Sunday.
State media reported that Col. Sayad Khodai -- a member of the IRGC's overseas operations arm, the Quds Force -- was killed by two armed men on motorbikes as he prepared to exit his vehicle. He was shot five times.
His murder is considered one of Iran's most high-profile killings since November 2020's slaying of nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in Tehran, which Iran blamed on Israel.
President Raisi placed blame on the United States and its allies for Khodai's death, referring to the nations as "the hands of global arrogance," BBC News reported.
No country has claimed responsibility for Khodai's killing.
"I call on security officials to seriously investigate the crime and I have no doubt that revenge on criminals for the pure blood of this honorable martyr is inevitable," Raisi said, according to BBC News.
Meanwhile, IRGC spokesman Ramazan Sharif said "the martyrdom of Col. Khodai strengthens the determination of the Revolutionary Guards to defend security, independence and national interests and to confront the enemies of the Iranian nation," as reported by Sky News.
"The thugs and terrorist groups affiliated with global oppression and Zionism will face consequences for their actions," Sharif said, according to Sky News.