The Public Relations of Tehran Province announced on August 8 that two Lebanese nationals were assassinated in the Iranian capital.
The assassination reportedly took place in the neighborhood of Bostan in Pasdaran Avenue in the northern part of Tehran city.
Two assailants riding a motorcycle shot the victims in their car, a Renault L90, late on August 7. The victims were shot dead with four bullets. A fifth bullet missed, hitting a nearby vehicle without injuring anyone.
“The assailants opened fire and escaped, the police are tracking them now,” Public Relations of Tehran Province said in a statement.
The victims were identified as Habib Dawood and his daughter Mariam. Fars News said Dawood was a teacher in the Department of History of Tehran University. According to the UAE-based al-Arabiya TV, Dawood was a member of Lebanon’s Hezbollah.
Dawood and his daughter were allegedly a few meters away from a house owned by Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis when they were attacked. Al-Muhandis is a former Deputy-Commander of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units who was killed in a U.S. drone strike on the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, earlier this year.
Hezbollah usually acknowledges any attack on its members in Lebanon or abroad. If Dawood was a member of the Lebanese group, Israel will be the main suspect. The Israeli intelligence is infamous for carrying out such assassinations.