Iran scientist: Iran's top nuclear scientist murdered - Iran Ministry of Defense

Iran scientist: Iran's top nuclear scientist murdered - Iran Ministry of Defense


An Iranian scientist said Israel allegedly led the Islamic Republic's military nuclear program until it was disbanded in the early 2000s, "murdered" on Friday, by state television said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu once said at a news conference: "Remember that name." Israel had long suspected a series of targeted assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists nearly a decade earlier.

Mohsin Fakhrizadeh, an Iranian scientist in Israel, alleged that the Islamic Republic's military nuclear program in the early 2000s was headed until he was "assassinated", state television reported.

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.”


The semi-official Fars news agency, believed to be close to the country's Revolutionary Guard, said the attack took place in a small town of Aberde, just before the capital Tehran.

It said witnesses heard the sound of an explosion and then fired a machine gun. The agency said the attack targeted a car which was in Fakhrizadeh.

The agency said the injured, including Fakhri Zadeh's bodyguards, were later taken to a local hospital.

State television later published a picture of security forces on the road on its website. Photos and videos shared online showed a Nissan sedan with bullet holes through the windshield and blood was stained on the road.

Neither group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Iran’s foreign minister is alleging the killing Fakhrizadeh has “serious indications” of an Israeli role.

“Terrorists murdered an eminent Iranian scientist today. This cowardice – with serious indications of Israeli role – shows desperate warmongering of perpetrators,” Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on Twitter on Friday.

Israel has long been suspected of carrying out a series of targeted killings of Iranian nuclear scientists nearly 10 years ago.

Iranian Defence Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami tweeted on Friday that the assassination displayed “the depth of enemies’ hatred” towards the Islamic Republic.

Israel declined to immediately comment on the killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu once called out in a news conference saying: “Remember that name.” Israel has long been suspected of carrying out a series of targeted killings of Iranian nuclear scientists nearly a decade ago.