A senior Iranian official said Monday that nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh had been killed in a new breed of “complex operation” by accusing archenemy Israel and an exiled opposition group.
The “operation was very complex, with electronic equipment and nobody was there,” said Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran.
The People’s Mujahideen of Iran (MEK) were “certainly” involved, along with “the Zionist regime and the Mossad,” Shamkhani said, referring to the Israeli government and its external security agency.
“The enemy used an entirely new, professional and specialized method and achieved its goal,” he added, without going into the weapons involved.
Shamkhani’s comments came in video interviews broadcast on state television and the Fars news agency.
Without citing the source, Fars himself claimed that the attack was carried out using a “remote-controlled automatic machine gun” mounted on a van.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday accused Israel of acting as “mercenaries” for the United States by carrying out the attack.
The scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh died on Friday in a hospital of his wounds, according to the Iranian Defense Ministry. A statement said attackers had targeted his car and had an exchange of fire with his bodyguards outside the capital.
Iranian enemies had targeted Fakhrizadeh “for twenty years” and an attack was expected to take place at some point, Shamkhani said.
“Security forces had predicted the possibility of an attack on him and even predicted the possible location of the incident,” he said at the scientist’s funeral in Tehran.
Unfortunately, given the “frequency of (such) news items over these twenty years, the required seriousness has not been applied this time,” he added.
According to Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami, Fakhrizadeh was one of his deputies and headed the defense, research and innovation organization of the ministry, focusing on “nuclear defense”.
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