IRAN: Wave off Terror

Sabotage and execution as Khomeini calls for unity

Not even the bright lights of a religious holiday can conceal the depth of unease in Iran these days. As the country's predominantly Shi'ite Muslim population prepared to celebrate the birthday of the twelfth Imam,* shots rang out in northern Tehran. Taghi Haj Tarkani, 42, a loyal follower of Ayatullah Ruhollah Khomeini's and a leader of last year's anti-Shah demonstrations, had been shot and killed on his doorstep. The two gunmen disappeared on motorcycles moments later, after leaving leaflets attributing their deed to a terrorist group called Forqhan. On the same...

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