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Iranian deputy industry minister shot dead in Tehran
« on: November 11, 2013, 03:46:41 AM »
Via the Guardian:

Iran's deputy industry minister has been assassinated by an unidentified gunman, Iran's official news agency has reported.

Safdar Rahmatabadi was shot twice in head and chest on Sunday in an eastern neighbourhood of the capital, Tehran. Police believe the deputy minister was shot by someone travelling with him in his car, who spoke with him before opening fire.

Police have launched an investigation.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Rahmatabadi, whose portfolion included mining and commerce, was not a well-known public figure. He had served a similar role under the country's previous president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

This was the second attack in recent days on a government official in Iran, and came as the more moderate leader, Hassan Rouhani, emerges from peace talks with world leaders in Geneva, seeking to resolve an impasse over Iran's nuclear programme.

On Wednesday, a gunman killed an Iranian state prosecutor in a restive south-eastern province of Sistan Baluchistan, near the country's border with Pakistan.

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