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Iranian Reformer Karoubi's Car Fired On: Report

Mehdi Karoubi speaking to the UN General Assembly in 2000. DOUG KANTER/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The infighting among Iran's elite continues along a dangerous path with a report that the car of a major reformer, Mehdi Karoubi, was in a car Thursday that was struck by gunfire.

Karoubi was a presidential candidate in the disputed race in which President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was declared the victor.

As Reuters reports:

TEHRAN, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Unidentified men opened fire this week on leading Iranian opposition figure Mehdi Karoubi, an opposition website reported on Friday.

Karoubi, a defeated candidate in presidential elections last June, was attacked in the city of Ghazvin, 124 km (70 miles) west of Tehran, on Thursday after visiting a cleric, Nasir
Ghavami, the website Kaleme said.

Kaleme is run by supporters of Mirhossein Mousavi, an opposition leader who also lost out to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the June vote. There was no confirmation in state-run media about the incident and no officials were available to comment on the Iranian weekend.

"While leaving Nasi Ghavami's home the plainclothes men attacked his car with eggs and bricks as well as firing two shots which hit the car," Karoubi's son Hossein was quoted as saying.

"One of the two shots hit the windshield and the other hit the back window. Since the car was bulletproof, the glass cover of the back window was broken and the (front) windshield was cracked."