An Iranian commander and associate of the late General Qassem Soleimani was gunned down outside his home in the Khuzestan Province of Iran on Wednesday.

Two masked motorcycle-riding gunmen shot dead Abdolhossein Mojadammi, the commander of Basij Forces of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), news agency IRNA reported.

The Iranian state media said the gunmen were armed with assault rifle and hunting rifle. Investigation continues for Mojadammi’s killing.

Basij Force is a paramilitary wing of the IRGC used to suppress civilian protests, characterized by brutal and deadly crackdowns of demonstrations in the Islamic Republic.

Mojaddami’s killing is seen as another blow to the IRGC and Islamic regime, indicating that the leadership could no longer contain widespread discontent among the Iranian public.

Mojaddami was killed two weeks after the assassination of IRGC Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani by United States Special Forces in Baghdad.