Iran Revolutionary Guard member shot dead

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Gunmen on a motorbike have reportedly killed a Revolutionary Guard member in Tehran. -EPA

An unidentified member of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard has been killed outside his home in Tehran by gunmen on a motorbike, state TV reports, giving only scant details about the attack.

The two assailants shot the victim five times as he entered his home in an alleyway in the eastern part of the capital, state media said.

Reports identified the target only as a "defender of the shrine," a reference to Iranians who fight against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq within the Guard's elite Quds force that oversees operations abroad.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Security forces were pursuing the suspected assailants, state TV reported, without offering further details or giving a motive for the killing.