By Tim Lister, Paul Cruickshank and Ghazi Balkiz, CNN
Updated 11:52 AM ET, Sat November 14, 2020
(CNN)On the night of August 7, residents of a middle-class neighborhood in northern Tehran heard shooting. Some of them rushed out to see what had happened. Slumped in a white Renault was a middle-aged man and a younger woman. Both were dead. At least four shots had been fired at them; another had hit a passing car. The two assailants had been on a motorbike, according to Iranian news agencies.One witness told a local journalist: “We were told there was a shooting. We went to the scene and saw they are shot dead. There were two of them.”Within hours semi-official Iranian news agencies were reporting the murders of a Lebanese academic called Habib Dawood with ties to the Lebanese group Hezbollah — and his daughter, Maryam. There was no explanation of the killings, and no arrests reported.