Top Iranian nuclear scientist assassinated near Tehran

08:13 PM | 27 Nov, 2020
Top Iranian nuclear scientist assassinated near Tehran

TEHRAN - A senior Iranian nuclear scientist was assassinated in Damavand, east of Tehran, on Friday, confirmed country’s defence ministry.

The ministry in a statement said that “armed terrorist elements” attacked the car carrying Mohsen Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi, head of the Defense Ministry’s Research and Innovation Organization.

Reports said that the vehicle of the top scientist was intercepted with a blast on Mostafa Khomeini road and it followed by firing. Fakhrizadeh received bullet injuries and he was shifted to hospital for treatment but could not survive.

No one has claimed responsibility of the attack but it happened at a time when the US and Israel have threatened to attack the Islamic country. 

Iran’s Foreign Minister Javed Zarif in a tweet said that the terrorists have murdered an eminent scientist. He also hinted at involvement of Israel in the assassination. 

 “Terrorists murdered an eminent Iranian scientist today. This cowardice—with serious indications of Israeli role—shows desperate warmongering of perpetrators,” Zarif said

He further said, “Iran calls on int'l community—and especially EU—to end their shameful double standards & condemn this act of state terror”.

The military adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Friday vowed to strike back the killers of Fakhrizadeh.

 “We will strike as thunder at the killers of this oppressed martyr and will make them regret their action,” tweeted Hossein Dehghan, who is also a military commander.