May 24, 2022 08:24 UTC

A funeral procession has been held in Tehran to pay tribute to the member of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) assassinated in a terrorist attack in the Iranian capital.

The attack on Colonel Hassan Sayyad Khodaei, which claimed his life, happened in Tehran at around 4 p.m. local time (1130 GMT) on Sunday when two motorcyclists shot him five times while he was in his car, and fled the scene.

In a statement, the IRGC said the assassination was carried out by “counterrevolutionary elements” adding that necessary measures have been taken to identify and arrest the assailant or assailants.

On Tuesday, crowd of people along with state and military officials took part in the procession.

A farewell ceremony was also held on Monday evening in the capital, with Iran’s first vice president, Mohammad Mokhber, in attendance.

Earlier Monday, President Ebrahim Raeisi said "the global arrogance" is behind the terrorist act, vowing “definite revenge” for the blood of the martyr.

The chief commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), Major General Hossein Salami also warned that Iran will take a “harsh” revenge on those who assassinated the colonel. 

Major General Mohammad Baqeri, the chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, said the assassination will not go unanswered.