Updated Monday November 30, 2020 - 11 am (Toronto Time)
Dr Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Iran’s top scientist and physicist was assassinated on Friday November 27 outside Tehran.
His car was ambushed by terrorists. He sustained serious injuries and was rushed to hospital but succumbed to his injuries.
According to latest information from Tehran, an ambush was set up for him at a round about. As his convoy of cars approached the round about, shots were fired at his car. He was travelling with his wife at the time.
Dr. Fakhrizadeh came out of his car to see what was going on. It was that time that a pick-up truck with a machine-gun mounted on it opened fire hitting him three time.
It is believed the machine-gun was operated automatically and that there was no one in the attacking vehicle.
A nearby parked Nissan was rigged with explosives that also blew up.
While the nuclear scientist and physicist’s assassination has drawn condemnation, it is widely believed that Zionist Israel was behind this latest criminal act.
“The multi-pronged attack involved at least one explosion and small fire by a number of assailants in Absard city of Damavand County, Tehran Province,” Press TV reported.
Quoting Fars News Agency, Press TV said that Dr. Fakhrizadeh headed the Iranian Defense Ministry’s Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research (SPND).
His lab had produced the test kit for Covid-19.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif roundly condemned the terror attack, saying there were “serious indications” of the Israeli regime’s role in the assassination of Fakhrizadeh, a professor of physics at Imam Hussein University of Tehran.
“Terrorists murdered an eminent Iranian scientist today. This cowardice—with serious indications of Israeli role—shows desperate warmongering of perpetrators,” he said in a tweet.
Dr. Zarif called on the international community, especially the European Union, to “end their shameful double standards & condemn this act of state terror.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had mentioned Dr Fakhrizadeh’s name several times in a presentation in April 2018.
Netanyahu had darkly hinted: “Remember that name, Fakhrizadeh.”
When asked about the assassination and Israel's involvement in it, Netanyahu did not reply directly but stated with his customary twisted smile, "It has been a week of achievements."
He repeated baseless claims about Iran’s nuclear program while the Zionist entity possesses more than 200 and perhaps as many as 400 nuclear weapons.
The Zionist regime had on numerous occasions in the past attempted to assassinate Dr. Fakhrizadeh.
As a state sponsor of terrorism, the Zionist entity has worked through the terrorist outfit, the Mujahideen-e Khalq Organization (MKO).
This tiny but violent group of extremists has the backing of many Western regimes, including the US and France as well as Saudi Arabia.
The Rahbar, Imam Seyyed Ali Khamenei has said Iran should pursue this investigation vigorously and apprehend the criminal agents and their enablers inside Iran. He also urged the authorities to ensure the work of Dr. Fakhrizadeh continued.
While the Islamic Revolutionary Guards have vowed to avenge the assassination of Dr. Fakhrizadeh, they should also give exemplary punishment to those involved in this latest terrorist act, whether at home or abroad.
Agnes Callamard, the UN human rights expert and the special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, condemned the terrorist act as a violation of the UN Charter and international human rights law.
“An extraterritorial targeted killing, outside an armed conflict is a violation of international human rights law prohibiting the arbitrary deprivation of life and a violation of the UN Charter prohibiting the use of force extraterritorially in times of peace,” she said in a tweet.
— Agnes Callamard (@AgnesCallamard) November 27, 2020
Former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt suggested that the assassination could be part of plots to block the incoming Joe Biden’s administration from re-engaging in diplomacy with Iran.
Meanwhile, three US officials said that Israel was behind the assassination of Dr. Fakhrizadeh.
“One American official — along with two other intelligence officials — said that Israel was behind the attack on the scientist,” The New York Times reported on Friday.
The New York Times summarized the “chilling message” that “American officials” wanted to send to top scientists in Iran with the assassination of Fakhrizadeh: “If we can get him, we can get you, too.”
There is even speculation that the assassination plot was discussed between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Netanyahu and Saudi crown prince Muhammad bin Salman when the trio met in Neom City on November 22.
If true, this would make the three accomplices in the terrorist act.
Between 2010 and 2012, a number of Iranian nuclear scientists were assassinated in Tehran, again by Zionist agents in Iran.
The Zionist entity is a terrorist state. Let there be no mistake about it.