Report: Wife of Iran presidential adviser shot dead at home

Such gun violence is incredibly rare in Iran, especially in the tony neighborhoods of northern Tehran, home to the country's political and economic elite.
Tuesday 28/05/2019
 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attends talks in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Feb. 14 2019. (Reuters)
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attends talks in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Feb. 14 2019. (Reuters)

A semi-official news agency in Iran says a wife of an adviser to President Hassan Rohani has been shot and killed at her home.

Tuesday's report by the ISNA news agency says Mitra Najafi was killed in northern Tehran. She is the second wife of Mohammad Ali Najafi, a former reformist mayor of Tehran and a Rohani confidant.

The report did not elaborate. Such gun violence is incredibly rare in Iran, especially in the tony neighborhoods of northern Tehran, home to the country's political and economic elite.

Najafi resigned as mayor in 2018, after hard-liners criticised him over a video showing he attended a dance performance by young girls at a school show.

Polygamy is legal in Iran, though some criticised Najafi on social media after he married Mitra Najafi.

(AP)