A prominent and high-ranking Iranian nuclear physicist who has been identified by the West as leading the Islamic republic’s military nuclear program has been assassinated in an ambush.
Reports show that Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was ambushed “by terrorists” in his vehicle in Absard, a suburb in eastern Tehran. He later succumbed to his injuries.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry branded Fakhrizadeh’s killing as “martyr’s death.”
Iran’s Foreign Ministry alleged that the killing of Fakhrizadeh bore “serious indications” of an Israeli role, but no elaborations were made.
The Fars News Agency said witnesses heard the sound of an explosion followed by machine gun fire that targeted the car Fakhrizadeh was using.
The wounded included Fakhrizadeh’s bodyguards, who were taken to a local hospital, the news agency said.
So far, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry alleged that the killing of Fakhrizadeh bore “serious indications” of an Israeli role, but no elaborations were made.Israel has long been suspected by Iran of orchestrating a series of targeted killings of its rival’s nuclear scientists about a decade ago. The two nations have been fanning tensions in the Middle East. SOVEREIGNPH