Nuclear physicist and Iranian Deputy Defense Minister Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was killed with a weapon controlled from a satellite, RIA Novosti reports.
The relevant information was confirmed by Ramezan Sharif, the spokesperson for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, considered one of the masterminds of Iran’s controversial nuclear program, died after his car was apparently ambushed in a district east of Tehran. Photos from the scene showed the shattered windshield of a car and blood on the road.
Iranian state media said the killing appeared to be an assassination. Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami was quoted by Iran’s news agency ISNA as saying Fakhrizadeh was targeted by gunfire and a Nissan vehicle explosion before a firefight ensued.
Fakhrizadeh was head of the research center of new technology in the elite Revolutionary Guards and was a leading figure in Iran’s nuclear program for many years.