Leader of Iran's nuclear program assassinated (video)

Saturday, 28 November 2020 - 10:52

High-ranking Iranian nuclear physicist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, named by the West as leading the Islamic Republic’s military nuclear programme has been assassinated near Tehran.

Fakhrizadeh was shot “by terrorists” in his vehicle in Absard, a suburb in eastern Tehran, and he later succumbed to his injuries in what amounted to a “martyr’s death”, Iran’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

Iran’s foreign minister alleged the killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh bore “serious indications” of an Israeli role, but did not elaborate.

Israel declined to immediately comment on the killing of Fakhrizadeh, whom Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu once called out in a news conference saying: “Remember that name.”

Those wounded, including Fakhrizadeh’s bodyguards, were taken to a local hospital.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Iranian news agency said the bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a police station. There was an exchange of fire between the assailants and his bodyguards. According to foreign sources, 4 persons were killed in the attack. Six bodyguards of the nuclear scientist were also killed.