Iran has promised to take revenge for the killing of its most senior nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who was murdered on Friday.
Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Maj Gen Hossein Salami, said the “assassination of nuclear scientists is the most obvious violation of the global hegemony to prevent our access to modern sciences”.
Fakhrizadeh was assassinated on Friday near Tehran. He died in hospital after an attack in Absard, in Damavand county.
According to the international news agency, Hossein Dehghan, military advisor to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed to “strike” the perpetrators like thunder.
Western intelligence agencies believe Fakhrizadeh was involved in a covert Iranian nuclear weapons program.
The country’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called on the international community to “condemn this act of state terror”.
“Terrorists murdered an eminent Iranian scientist today,” he said in a tweet.
He blamed Israel for the attack, saying it had “serious indications of Israeli role”.
Iran’s UN ambassador Majid Takht Ravanchi said the killing was a clear violation of international law, designed to wreak havoc in the region.
No statement has been issued by Israel on the news of the killing.
Mohsen Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi, a leading scientist linked to Iran’s nuclear program, was shot dead by unknown assailants.
According to a report of a foreign news agency, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a nuclear and missile scientist, was martyred by firing from a machine gun in Absard area of eastern Tehran.