Incident Summary:

09/30/2013: Assailants kidnapped Mojtaba Ahmadi near Karaj town, Alborz province, Iran. Ahmadi, the commander of the cyber warfare department, was shot and his body was dumped in the woods a few hours later. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Karaj

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC)
Specific Description Head: Mojtaba Ahmadi
Nationality of Target Iran
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom 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
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
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
"Iran's Revolutionary Guards probe 'horrific' death of officer," Jerusalem Post, October 3, 2013.
"Iranian Revolutionary Guards Deny Death Of Officer Was 'Assassination'," Radio Free Europe, October 3, 2013.
"Iran's cyberwarfare commander shot dead in possible assassination," The Verge, October 3, 2013.