Iranian nuclear scientist is ‘assassinated near Tehran’ reports in Iran claim 

A nuclear scientist dubbed ‘father of the Iranian bomb’ has been injured in an assassination attempt, 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, sources told state-controlled news agency IRIB reports.

Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi was named in UN sanctions resolutions because of his work on suspected nuclear weapons development.

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi - a nuclear scientist dubbed 'father of the Iranian bomb' - has been injured in an assassination attempt, state-run media reports

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi - a nuclear scientist dubbed 'father of the Iranian bomb' - has been injured in an assassination attempt, state-run media reports

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi – a nuclear scientist dubbed ‘father of the Iranian bomb’ – has been injured in an assassination attempt, state-run media reports

His reported death has lead many to speculate that he is ‘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. 

In 2007, he was named as the chairman of the Field for the Expansion of Deployment of Advanced Technology (FEDAT) in a leaked Iranian document.

The FEDAT was the cover name for the organisation behind Iran’s nuclear weapons programme and the document puroportedly showed the country’s four-year plan to develop a uranium deuteride neutron initiator.

A spokesperson for the Atomic Energy Organization in Iran stressed that no accident had occurred and all scientists were safe and well.

More to follow on this breaking news story…

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