Iran vows to avenge Guard commander's killing

By the Associated Press | February 16, 2013 | 8:30 AM EST

Iranian mourners carry the flag draped coffin of Gen. Hassan Shateri, shown in the poster, in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. Prominent Iranian politicians and clerics led mourners at a funeral Thursday for a senior commander of the country's powerful Revolutionary Guards who was killed this week while traveling from Syria to Lebanon, local media said. (AP Photo/Fars News Agency, Saeed Kariminejad)

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A senior Iranian official has vowed to take revenge on Israel for its alleged involvement in the killing of a commander of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard.

The Guard has accused "mercenaries and supporters" of Israel being responsible for Wednesday's killing of Gen. Hassan Shateri on the road linking Damascus to Beirut.

Israel has not commented on the killing.

Ali Shirazi, representative of Iran's supreme leader to the Guard, says Israel will soon pay the price for Shateri's killing. His comments were reported by the semi-official ISNA news agency Saturday.

Iranian media say Shateri was in charge of reconstruction projects in southern Lebanon. It is unclear what he was doing in Syria.

Tehran is a close Syrian ally. It counts on Syria as a bridge to Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah militant group.