A nuclear scientist dubbed 'father of the Iranian bomb' has been assassinated, state-run media reports.
Mohsen Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi - a professor of physics and former officer in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard - was the target of a 'terrorist operation' near Tehran, reports claim.
#BREAKING— Heshmat Alavi (@HeshmatAlavi) November 27, 2020
Mohsen Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi, a former IRGC brigadier general often referred to as the father of #Iran's nuclear program, has reportedly been assassinated in Damavand, near Tehran.
If confirmed, this is a significant development. pic.twitter.com/hZmtJ2sa1T
Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi was named in UN sanctions resolutions because of his work on suspected nuclear weapons development.
He has been named 'Iran’s nuclear Qassem Soleimani'.
Soleimani, a major general in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps was assasinated in a US drone strike in January this year.
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