Iranian Nuclear Scientist Assassinated

Iranian state media claimed that nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was assassinated in Damavand, east of Tehran.

Iranian state media claimed that nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was assassinated in Damavand, east of Tehran.

“News sources say a scientist has been the victim of an assassination attempt in an armed attack by unknown people on his team of bodyguards,” announced the Iranian state television IRIB.

The exact details of the incident have not yet been disclosed while news sources from within Iran have conflicting statements.

The semi-official Fars News Agency on the other hand stated that Fakhrizadeh was only injured in the attack.

IFE News debunked that Fakhrizadeh was killed in a suicide bombing attack and claimed that the scientist died after an explosion and a gunfight. 

Fakhrizadeh was a senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) officer and headed Iran’s nuclear weapons project and was previously named in UN sanctions resolutions because of his work on suspected nuclear weapons development.

State-owned Tasnim News Agency previously reported that Fakhrizadeh was the only Iranian scientist cited by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and there had already been attempts to assassinate him in the past.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards commander tweeted that Iran will avenge the killing of scientists as it has in the past.


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