Tehran/New York: A top Iranian nuclear scientist by the name of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was killed on Friday. An unidentified assailant blew up a truck after Fakhrizadeh’s car approached it. Five assailants then opened indiscriminate fire on him. Iran has held the US and Israel responsible for the killing and outraged Iranian leaders have sworn to avenge Fakhrizadeh death. Also, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has alleged Israeli mercenaries executed the killing.
The incident is the second significant blow to Iran after the killing of senior military commander Qassem Soleimani in January. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was a high-ranking and crucial Iranian nuclear scientist. Also, the Iranian regime had provided special security for him. Even on Friday, three bodyguards were accompanying him when Fakhrizadeh’s car was attacked in the Absard town near capital Tehran. The three guards died on the spot while Fakhrizadeh succumbed to the injuries by the time he was admitted to the hospital.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has threatened to seek revenge from the individuals that executed Fakhrizadeh as also those who issued the orders. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani however directly accused Israel of assassinating the scientist. President Rouhani made serious accusations against Israel saying their mercenaries had killed the Iranian nuclear scientist. At the same time, Rouhani underscored Fakhrizadeh’s assassination would not cease the functioning of Iran’s nuclear program. Apart from that, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif as even the defence chief has warned Iran would soon seek harsh revenge for the killing.
Majid Takht-Ravanchi, Iranian Ambassador to United Nations (UN), has held Israel and the US accountable for the killing of Fakhrizadeh in a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Ravanchi went on to warn Israel and the US not to commit the grave mistake of engaging in any misadventure. Otherwise, Iran would take necessary steps to protect its interests, he said.
Israel nevertheless has not reacted to the allegations. Previously, between the year 2010 and 2012, four Iranian nuclear scientists had been assassinated, for which Iran had held Israel responsible.
Meanwhile, Israel has issued an alert for its embassies across the globe after Iran’s threats. Reports for the past two days suggested that the Israeli Defense Ministry has already kept its armed forces ready, taking into consideration a possible attack from Iran.