On Friday the Iranian Defence Ministry confirmed that a high-profile physicist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, had been assassinated in the north of Iran, in what is being treated as a terror attack. Tehran later added there were “serious indications of Israeli responsibility” in the elimination of its eminent nuclear scientist.
A US official, along with two other intelligence officials, have claimed that israel masterminded the assassination of Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in a terrorist attack near the capital Tehran on Friday, according to The New York Times.
The report does not specify how much information the United States might have possessed in advance about the operation. There has not been any official comment on the report from the White House or the CIA.
israel has neither confirmed nor denied being behind the death of Fakhrizadeh.
Previously, there have been multiple instances of Iranian nuclear scientists being targeted in direct assassination attempts, driving speculation that the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad might be behind them.
Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who headed the Iranian Defence Ministry’s Organisation of Defensive Innovation and Research (SPND), according to Fars news agency, was killed in the vicinity of Absard city of Damavand County, Tehran Province, at about 2.30 p.m. local time (11:00 GMT).
An explosive-laden car detonated near his vehicle, with small fire subsequently opened by a number of assailants, the Iranian defence minister…