Former Brigadier General in the IRGC, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh also known as ‘the Father of Iran’s Nuclear Weapons Program’ has been killed near Iranian capital, Tehran.
Threatening of retaliation, the country’s leadership has blamed Israel for the assassination apprising the United Nations that there were “serious indications of Israeli embroilment”.
The Iranian state TV reported that the top nuclear scientist was shot dead on Friday. His murder took place in broad daylight, despite he was driving in a bullet-proof vehicle. Tehran’s Defense Ministry also confirmed the killing saying that the man was critically injured and he succumbed to his injuries during treatment at a hospital.
“Unfortunately, the medical team did not succeed in reviving him, and a few minutes ago, this manager and scientist achieved the high status of martyrdom after years of effort and struggle,” said the ministry in a statement.
In a letter written to the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the UN Security Council, Iran’s envoy at the United Nations, Majid Takht Ravanchi said there are serious indications of Israeli responsibility in the assassination of an Iranian scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.
While, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for restraint after top Iranian nuclear scientist was murdered.
The Deputy Spokesman of UN Chief Farhan Haq, in a statement, said they should avoid any action that could lead to an escalation of tensions in the region.