TEHRAN: Iran said Israel and an exiled opposition group used new and “complex” methods to assassinate its leading nuclear scientist, as it buried him on Monday in a funeral befitting a top “martyr”, reports AFP.
As it laid Mohsen Fakhrizadeh—seen by Israel as the “father” of Iran’s nuclear weapons programme—to rest, the Islamic republic also vowed to redouble his work.Fakhrizadeh died Friday after his car and bodyguards were targeted in a bomb and gun attack on a major road outside the capital, heightening tensions once more between Tehran and its foes.
Iran’s top security official, Rear-Admiral Ali Shamkhani of the Supreme National Security Council, said the “operation was very complex, using electronic equipment and no one was present at the scene”.
The People’s Mujahedeen of Iran (MEK) were “certainly” involved, along with “the Zionist regime and the Mossad”, he said, referring to the Israeli government and its spy agency.
Shamkhani’s comments came in video interviews broadcast by state television and the Fars news agency.
Without citing sources, Fars itself reported the attack had been carried out with the help of “a remote-controlled automatic machinegun” mounted on a pickup truck.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani had on Saturday accused Israel of acting as a “mercenary” for the United States by carrying out the assassination.