The scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was seen as the force behind Iran’s nuclear weapons program. News reports in Iran say he died in a hospital after being attacked in a vehicle.
By Farnaz Fassihi and Ronen Bergman
Iran’s top nuclear scientist was shot and killed on Friday as he was traveling in a vehicle in northern Iran, Iranian state media reported.
The scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was considered the driving force behind Iran’s nuclear weapons program before it was quietly disbanded in the early 2000s, according to American intelligence assessments.
Iran’s state television said Mr. Fakhrizadeh had been gravely wounded in the attack and that doctors tried to save him in the hospital but could not.
Farnaz Fassihi is a freelance reporter with the International Desk based in New York. Before contracting with the Times, she was a senior writer and war correspondent for the Wall Street Journal for 17 years based in the Middle East.
Ronen Bergman is a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine, based in Tel Aviv. His latest book is “Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel’s Targeted Assassinations,” published by Random House.
Source The New York Tine.