Iran's Minister of the Interior, Hashem Sabaghian, led the mourners at the funeral in Teheran on Wednesday (10 October) for revolutionary guards killed in an ambush by Kurds last Sunday (7 October).
GV PAN Crowd raising fists and shouting
CU AND ZOOM OUT Picture of Ayatollah Khomeini being carried aloft by chanting crowd
CU ZOOM OUT AND PAN Soldiers chanting
SV PAN Minister of the Interior Hashem Sabaghian arriving
GV Empty coffins being passed over heads into morgue
SV Armed soldiers guarding area
SV ZOOM OUT Ayatollah Eshraghi at entrance of morgue
SV Boy in military uniform standing on boot of car
GV Open coffins containing bodies being carried out of morgue
GV Crowd chanting ZOOM TO other spectators on rooftop
GV More coffins with bodies wrapped in shrouds being carried out
SV Chanting soldiers
GV Another body, Mother holding young child (3 shots)
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Background: Iran's Minister of the Interior, Hashem Sabaghian, led the mourners at the funeral in Teheran on Wednesday (10 October) for revolutionary guards killed in an ambush by Kurds last Sunday (7 October).
SYNOPSIS: Twenty-two of the 72 revolutionary guards died, only five escaped, and the rest were taken hostage, Interior Minister Hashem Sabaghian told a Teheran daily paper on Tuesday. But Reuters news agency said a Revolutionary guard spokesman told them on the telephone that as many as 60 guards were killed in the attack on the road between Sardasht, on the Iraqi border, and Baneh. The spokesman, Ali Falah, went on to say that in the next two or three days the Kurds would be crushed with the use of bombs, mortars, helicopters and fighter aircraft.
The Minister of the Interior Hashem Sabaghian joined the families of the soldiers in their mourning, as further attacks by Kurds were reported. Kurdish guerrillas took to the hills last month after government forces captured strong holds of the banned Kurdish Democratic Party (KDP) in a number of towns, including Mahabad, Sardasht and Baneh. The authorities have acknowledged that the guerrillas still control many roads in the region.
The guard of column which was ambushed on a rural road had left its base without permission and against the advice of the army, Iran's Chief of Staff, Major-General Hossein Shaker said in a broadcast interview. He said that, according to survivors, there had been a conflict among the guards over whether they should inform the Sardasht garrison of their departure, and they finally left without doing so. He also hinted some people who were not Kurds took part in the ambush.
There have been accusations that the Islamic Revolutionary Guards, like those killed in the ambush, have been acting like the Shah's hated Savak secret police. The Spiritual Chief of Tabriz, Ayatollah Haj Seyyed Hommad Ali Qazi Tabataba'i said on Tuesday (9 October) in an interview published in Iran that the guards did whatever they wanted in Tabriz, northwest Iran. He said the guards are in effect doing the same things that Savak used to do in the past.