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Iranian nuclear physicist and missile specialist killed | Free press

Prominent Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was murdered in his car near the capital, Tehran. It is unclear who is behind the attack.

Tehran (AP) – A senior Iranian nuclear physicist and missile specialist was the victim of an assassination attempt in Iran.

“We hereby announce the martyrdom of Dr. Mohsen Fachrisadeh,” Tehran’s Ministry of Defense said on state television. It thereby confirmed information from the Iranian state broadcaster IRIB and various news agencies.

According to the ministry, Fachrisadeh was “shot and seriously injured by terrorists” in his car on Friday. He later succumbed to his injuries in hospital. Media reports say Fachrisadeh was shot in Ab-Sard, a suburb east of the capital, Tehran. Local authorities confirmed the death of the physicist and some of the attackers.

Fachrisadeh, a 63-year-old nuclear physicist, was a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and an expert in manufacturing missiles. According to the Fars news agency, Israeli secret services should therefore have tried for years to take him out. Most recently, Fachrisadeh headed the Department of Defense Research and Technological Innovation.

The spokesman for the Iranian nuclear organization AEOI, who denied the reports, caused confusion in the short term. “Our nuclear scientists are all healthy,” said Behrus Kamalwandi of Isna news agency. Fachrisadeh was reportedly no longer part of the AEOI, which would explain the refusal.

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