Tehran (AP) - A high-ranking Iranian nuclear physicist and missile specialist fell victim to an assassination attempt in Iran.
"We hereby announce the martyrdom of Doctor Mohsen Fachrisadeh," said the Tehran Ministry of Defense on state television.
It thus confirmed information from the Iranian state broadcaster IRIB and several news agencies.
According to the ministry, Fachrisadeh was shot “by terrorists” in his car and seriously injured on Friday.
He later succumbed to his injuries in the hospital.
According to media reports, Fachrisadeh is said to have been shot in Ab-Sard, a suburb east of the capital Tehran.
Local authorities confirmed the death of the physicist and some of the attackers.
The 63-year-old nuclear physicist Fachrisadeh had been a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and was an expert in the manufacture of missiles.
Therefore, according to the Fars news agency, Israeli secret services should have tried for years to eliminate him.
Most recently, Fachrisadeh headed the Research and Technological Renewal Department in the Ministry of Defense.
The spokesman for the Iranian nuclear organization AEOI, who denied the reports, caused confusion at short notice.
"Our nuclear scientists are all healthy," said Behrus Kamalwandi of the Isna news agency.
Allegedly, Fachrisadeh was no longer part of the AEOI, which would explain the denial.
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