Incident Summary:

04/10/1999: Iranian Deputy Chief of the Joint Staff Command of the Armed Forces, Brigadier General Ali Sayyad Shirazi was assassinated in Tehran by a man disguised as a street cleaner. Mujahidin-e-Khalq claimed responsibility for the incident.

GTD ID:
199904100002

When:
1999-04-10

Country:
Iran

Region:
Middle East & North Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Tehran

City:
Tehran

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Deputy Chief of the Joint Staff Command of the Armed Forces
Specific Description Brigadier General Ali Sayyad Shirazi
Nationality of Target Iran
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
“Iran News on Sayyad-Shirazi Assassination,” Iran News (Internet version), April 11, 1999.
“Iran: Papers on Shirazi Killing, 'Chaotic' Situation,” IRNA, April 11, 1999.
“Iran: Politicians on Sayyad-Shirazi Murder,” Neshat, April 11, 1999.