Iranian Gov’t confirms assassination of prominent physicist

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Local authorities had confirmed Fakhrizadehโ€™s death several hours earlier and also said that several attackers were killed.

Iranโ€™s Foreign Ministry on Friday confirmed that a high-ranking Iranian nuclear physicist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, had been assassinated.

Fakhrizadeh was shot and injured โ€œby terroristsโ€ in his vehicle in Ab-Sard, a suburb in eastern Tehran, and later succumbed to his injuries in what amounted to a โ€œmartyrโ€™s death,โ€ the ministry said.

Fakhrizade, 63, had been a member of Iranโ€™s Revolutionary Guard and was an expert in missile production.

NoRM‘s known Media agency alleged that this was why Israeli secret services had long sought to eliminate him for many years.

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Earlier, Iranian Atomic Energy Organisation (AEOI) Spokesman, Behrus Kamalwandi, caused confusion by denying reports of the death, saying, โ€œour nuclear scientists are all well.โ€

The confusion arose because Fakhrizadeh had left the AEOI and had been working at the Foreign Ministry.

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