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Iran’s armed forces have announced the deaths of two aerospace workers, the latest in a string of mysterious deaths in recent weeks that have raised red flags over the country’s internal affairs.
On Sunday, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps announced the death of Ali Kamani, an Aerospace Force member working in Markazi province, Iran International reported.
“Martyrs” on a mission
According to the IRGC, Kamani died in a “car accident” while on assignment in the western city of Khomein, located about 200 miles southwest of the capital Tehran.
Mohammad Abdous, another member of the IRGC’s Aerospace Forces, also died “while on mission” while working in northern Semnan province, Iran International reported.
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According to the report, the IRGC used the word “martyr” to announce the death of Kamani and Abdous, language officially used for people who died during military missions.
— Iran International English (@IranIntl_En) June 12, 2022
It was not immediately clear what missions the two men were performing or what their roles were within the Aerospace Forces.
The deaths come less than a week after the mysterious death of Iranian aerospace scientist Ayoob Entezari, who was murdered or died of a foodborne illness.
Entezari held a doctorate. in mechanical and aerospace engineering and his death was described by the Yazd governor-general’s office as a “martyrdom”, Iran International reported.
Judicial authorities in Yazd province later issued a statement contradicting this account and downplaying Entezari’s work for the aerospace forces, according to the report.
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The separate statement described him as ordinary and said he died in hospital after contracting food poisoning, Iran International reported.
Last week, Iranian scientist Kamran Mollapour, who worked at the Natanz nuclear facility, was also reported dead. However, his death has not been confirmed.
In recent weeks, the death of two colonels of the IRGC’s Al-Quds Force has also been announced.
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Collars. Ali Esmailzadeh and Hassan Sayyad-Khodaei were both pronounced dead, with the former dying at home and the latter shot dead in Tehran while sitting in his car, Iran International reported.
According to the report, the IRGC may have killed Esmailzadeh on suspicion of spying. His death was ruled a suicide.