A commander of Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) says the death of a Defense Ministry engineer in May was the result of “industrial espionage,” not simply an “accident” as official comments previously suggested.
The commander, Mohammad Reza Hassani Ahangar, did not say who officials believe might have been behind any purported attack in the comments as quoted by the IRGC-affiliated Tasnim news agency.
“Our production lines are being targeted for industrial sabotage,” he said, referring to the recent killing of a Defense Ministry employee in Parchin.
“The martyr of the Ministry of Defense himself was not targeted, but his death was affected by industrial sabotage,” he added.
Iran’s Defense Ministry said a month ago that an “accident” had occurred at one of its research units in the Parchin area near Tehran, killing engineer Ehsan Ghad Beigi and injuring a colleague.
Parchin, some 60 kilometers southeast of Tehran, is a military base where the UN’s…