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    General Rahimi said that gunmen shot and wounded a guard at is barracks on Tuesday (10 July).

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    TEHERAN, IRAN (JULY 11, 1979) (REUTERS)

    SV Guard in lookout tower ZOOM OUT TO General Rahimi standing with blackshirt guards in Teheran
    CU Blackshirt guard with automatic rifle (2 SHOTS)
    CU Insignia on shirt of guard
    SV and CU Blackshirt guards standing to attention on parade ground (3 SHOTS)

    General Rahimi said that gunmen shot and wounded a guard at is barracks on Tuesday (10 July). The guard was shot in the stomach by men in civilian clothes who jumped from a passing car. The General said one of the attackers was wounded, but all managed to escape. A Defence Ministry spokesman denied General Rahimi's statement about a plot to overthrow him.

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    Background: General Rahimi said that gunmen shot and wounded a guard at is barracks on Tuesday (10 July). The guard was shot in the stomach by men in civilian clothes who jumped from a passing car. The General said one of the attackers was wounded, but all managed to escape. A Defence Ministry spokesman denied General Rahimi's statement about a plot to overthrow him.
    Iran's military police chief, General Saif Amir Rahimi, is back on duty following his dismissal and subsequent re-instatement on the instructions of the unofficial Head of State, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. General Rahimi was dismissed by the Defence Ministry last week (9 July) after he claimed there was a plot afoot a oust him, and thus weaken the revolution. His remarks provoked the Islamic republic's first military crisis. General Rahimi is known as a hardline disciplinarian and was jailed several times by the now exiled Shah for opposing foreign military assistance. He claims to have a special relationship with Ayatollah Khomeini.
    At the Jamsidiyeh Barracks in Teheran, the black-shirted Fedeyeen Guerrillas provide an armed guard for the now reinstated General Rahimi. Also known as Khomeini's private army, the seven thousand men are there as a deterrent to any plot against Iran's military police chief.
    The letter of dismissal came from iran's Minister of defence, but General Rahimi refused to obey it -- saying he regarded Ayatollah Khomeini as supreme commander. And it was within hours of being dismissed that a spokesman for the Ayatollah ordered General Rahimi to remain at his post.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAWHNR1B1UE99S3L4X3ECMN8XV
    Media URN:
    VLVAWHNR1B1UE99S3L4X3ECMN8XV
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/07/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:46:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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