A senior Iranian security official on Monday accused “Israel of being behind the recent assassination of top Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh,” official IRNA news agency reported.
Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, said that “the operation of assassination was very complicated carried out by electronic devices,” noting “no individual was present at the site.”
Earlier reports, however, said that the attackers first shot at Fakhrizadeh’s vehicle, and then detonated a Nissan car loaded with explosives in Absard village, 60 km northeast of capital Tehran. Fakhrizadeh died of severe injuries in hospital on Friday afternoon.
Shamkhani also blamed the Iranian opposition group of MKO for having “a role” in the assassination, saying that
the “criminal element of this act is Israel and Mossad.”
Shamkhani made the remarks at the funeral ceremony of Fakhrizadeh, where senior Iranian civil and military official participated.