Iran’s Intelligence Ministry found clues about perpetrators of the assassination of the top Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh who was martyred on Friday during a terrorist attack in Absard east of the capital Tehran.
Public Relations and Information Center of the Ministry of Intelligence in a statement announced that forces of the ministry have obtained clues about those involved in the assassination of the prominent Iranian nuclear scientist who work with the Defense Ministry, Mehr News Agency (MNA) reported.
While expressing condolences on the martyrdom of Dr. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who took great strides in the field of science, technology and defense industry, this is to inform that with the measures taken, intelligence forces of the Ministry of Intelligence have obtained clues about perpetrators of the heinous terrorist attack, read the ministry’s statement.
Complementary and additional information will be announced to the attention of noble people of the country subsequently, it added.
Fakhrizadeh, 59, was targeted on Friday in a multi-pronged attack involving at least one explosion and small fire by a number of assailants in Absard city of Damavand district in Tehran province.
According to the Public Relations Office of the Ministry of Defense, the prominent physicist, who headed the ministry’s Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research (SPND), was rushed to a nearby hospital immediately but was martyred due to his severe injuries.
The body of the assassinated scientist was taken to several revered Shia Muslim shrines ahead of his burial set for Monday.
Assassination of Fakharizadeh has drawn reactions from other countries and senior political figures.
Iranian government officials and military commanders hinted that the Israeli regime could have been behind the terror attack, vowing harsh revenge against all the criminals involved.
The New York Times said an American official and two other intelligence officials had confirmed Israel was behind the attack, without giving further details.
Hours after the incident, Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement offered condolences to the Iranian nation on the scientist’s martyrdom and said the Islamic Republic reserves the right to punish the masterminds and the perpetrators of the atrocious terror attack.
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command (PFLP-GC) likewise slammed Fakhrizadeh’s assassination.
Contrary to delusions of terrorist Zionist leaders, the scientist’s martyrdom will not undermine Iran’s capabilities, it said.
Meanwhile, senior Swedish politician Carl Bildt suggested that the assassination could be part of plots to block the incoming administration of US president-elect Joe Biden from re-engaging in diplomacy with Iran, two years after outgoing President Donald Trump pullout Washington out of a 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran and unleashed a campaign of “maximum pressure” against the Islamic Republic.