Iran is accusing Israel of a role in the death of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, believed to be the head of Iran’s nuclear programme, after he was shot in an attack near the capital of Tehran
Tehran is blaming Israel for the assassination of researcher Mohsen Fakhrizadeh after he was shot dead near the capital on Friday.
Officials labelled it a ‘terrorist’ attack and are accusing Israel of a role in his death.
“We will strike as thunder at the killers of this oppressed martyr and will make them regret their action,” Hossein Dehghan, military adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, wrote in a tweet.
Reports claim Western officials have long believed Fakhrizadeh was the head of Iran’s secretive nuclear programme.
The Ministry of Defence confirmed the death of the physics professor and leading figure in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif claimed there were indications of an Israeli role in the scientist’s death.
He demanded that Western nations, and particularly the European Union, condemn the ‘act of state terror’ immediately.
He wrote in a tweet: “Terrorists murdered an eminent Iranian scientist today.
“This cowardice—with serious indications of Israeli role—shows desperate warmongering of perpetrators Iran calls on int’l community—and especially EU—to end their shameful double standards & condemn this act of state terror.”