Görkem ŞEKEROĞLU -TDO- Iran's top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh has been assassinated on Friday (27 November) near the capital Tehran, the country's defence ministry has confirmed.
Fakhrizadeh died in hospital after being attacked in Damavand county. The state media accounts said that Mr. Fakhrizadeh had been seriously injured in the attack, and that doctors unsuccessfully tried to save him.
Iranian news agencies said the attackers targeted his car with a bomb before shooting at him.
Western intelligence agencies view him as the mastermind behind Iran's secret nuclear weapons programme.
The assassination coincides with fresh concern about the increased amount of enriched uranium that Iran is producing. Enriched uranium is vital for both civil nuclear power generation and military nuclear weapons. Iran claims its nuclear programme is exclusively for peaceful purposes.