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Mixed reports on whether Iranian general fatally shot himself by accident

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Iranian news outlets have released mixed reports on whether or not an Iranian general allegedly shot himself in the head by accident while cleaning his pistol.

According to the Associated Press, the website of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard is reporting that Gen. Ghodratollah Mansouri, who fought in Syria and Iraq, has allegedly accidentally killed himself while cleaning a gun.

The report added that Mansouri was veteran of the 1980s Iran-Iraq war and a “defender of the shrine,” a reference to Iranians who fight against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

Since 2014, Mansouri was a regional commander of the Guard’s ground forces in the northeastern city of Mashhad, some 900 kilometers east of the capital Tehran.

(With AP)