KABUL (Pajhwok): Brigadier General Mohammad Hejazi, the deputy commander of Iran’s Quds Force, has died, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) announced on Sunday.
Hejazi died due to a “heart disease,” the IRGC said in a statement, without elaborating further.
The funeral of Sardar Mohammad Hejazi who died at the age of 65 on Sunday was held on Monday and many government officials, military and religious elders attended the funeral.
According to Iranian news outlets Hejazi had also served as chief of Army staff of the IRGC.
Hejazi had also played an important role in Iraq-Iran and other wars.
The high-ranking general was responsible for Iran’s regional military activities and was an architect of its repressive internal security apparatus.
Hejazi was appointed deputy commander of the Quds Force in January 2020 after leading the IRGC’s activities in Lebanon, where Iran backs its Shi’ite ally Hizballah.
Born in 1956 in the city of Isfahan, Hejazi joined the IRGC after the 1979 Islamic Revolution and was involved in suppressing a Kurdish uprising and then held various command positions during the Iran-Iraq War.
In one of his most prominent positions, the ultra-hard-liner led IRGC’s paramilitary Basij force from 1998 for almost nine years.