One of the most prominent Iranian nuclear scientists, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was killed.
Updated: Nov 30, 2020
An Iranian scientist, who American and Israeli intelligence have said led the country’s military nuclear program, was assassinated in an attack on Friday in northern Iran, state media reported.
The Iranian state media confirmed that "armed terrorist elements" shot and killed Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who was presumed to be 59, while in a car in the town of Absard and died in the hospital after doctors were unable to save him, The Associated Press reported on the basis of state media.
Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was killed while in a car in northern Tehran. His car was attacked by a group of people Iran calls "terrorists". It appears that Fakhrizadeh was seriously injured in the attack, and later died in hospital.
The Iranian nuclear scientist assassinated Friday east of Tehran was shot by a remote-controlled machine gun operating out of another car, the semi-official Fars News Agency said, nor who was responsible for the attack. Several analysts have pointed out that in the past Fakhrizadeh had been indicated by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as responsible for a secret project to equip Iran with nuclear weapons. In the past, Israel - Iran's main opponent in the Middle East - has carried out similar killings against Iranian nuclear scientists.