Nuclear physicist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was shot with a remote-controlled automatic weapon as he got out of an armored car, Iranian media reported.
The scientist was traveling with his wife in an armored car, accompanied by three security vehicles. A car ahead of them pulled away to check the situation. At that moment, hearing the sound of bullets and confusing them with the sounds of a faulty engine, Fakhrizadeh got out of the car. After that, he was shot, the Fars News Agency reports.
Fakhrizadeh was wounded four times, with one bullet grazing his spinal cord. The scientist was covered with his body by a bodyguard, who was also hit by several bullets.
The Nissan car that opened fire on the physicist was about 150 meters away. After the attempt, the car was blown up, the organizers of the murder were not on the spot. The Nissan owner was identified: as it turned out, he left Iran a month before the attempt.
Fakhrizadeh died in hospital from his injuries. Iran has promised to avenge the scientist’s murder. Later, Tehran claimed involvement in the murder of a nuclear physicist in the United States and Israel.
American media said that the scientist was probably killed by Mossad, as Israel wants to prevent Joseph Biden from establishing a dialogue with Iran. Former CIA chief John Brennan condemned the killing of an Iranian physicist, while former national security adviser John Bolton called Fakhrizadeh’s murder a “pre-emptive strike” that is “fully justified.”