By William Brannigan, special to the Washington Post
Tehran Iranian authorities say that two alleged terrorist kill the recently in a gun battle with police were communist who had received a gorilla training in Cuba and two other unnamed countries. The terrorists, identified as Garsivas Broumand and Khosrow Safaie, work fatal each shocked May 4 when police raided their hideout in Tehran, according to a government communiqué. Their deaths bring it to at least 31, the number of alleged terrorist executed or slain in shootouts with police in Iran this year. The government statement said Broumand had taken a six month course in Cuba nine years ago and that Safaie, a member of Irans outlawed Tudeh Communist Party, had been trained in two foreign countries.
Most of the terrorists killed previously in Iran have been identified by Iranian authorities as belonging two and Islamic Marxist organization responsible for killing at least 30 persons, including three American colonels, and wounding more than 70 others in assassinations, gun battles and bombings over the past three years. According to a confession by a gang member before he was executed recently, the Iranian leaders of the Islamic Marxists received training and instruction from the popular front for the liberation of Palestine led by George Habash. Iranian authorities say the latest casualties and the Islamic, Marxist gang includes a man killed by a grenade he tried to throw at police and three persons, including a woman, who were slain in a shootout with security forces last month. In January, nine terrorists convicted of murdering the three American colonels and five Iranians, including a general, were executed by firing squad.
The leader of the group,Vahid Afrakhteh, told a westerner allowed to see him shortly before his execution that the game had plotted to kill U.S. ambassador and former CIA director Richard Helms and the Shah of Iran. Afrakhteh said security surrounding both men was too tight. Afrakhteh said he personally killed Col. Lewis Hawkins in Tehran in 1973 and led the cell that gunned down Col. Paul Shaffer and Lt. Col, Jack Turner after stopping their chauffeur driven car in 1975. He said most of his immediate superiors were running, still at large and who have close links with the Marxist Habash group. Iranian authorities recently publicized a pamphlet that they said showed the connection between the Habash group and Iranian subversives. They said it contained pictures of executed Iranian terrorists and in article signed by Habash supporting guerrilla activities in Iran and Oman, where the Shahs troops have been helping local forces fight Marxist rebels.