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Iranian scientist was shot by machine gun with remote control

Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, killed yesterday in Tehran, after his vehicle was attacked by snipers. Image: West Asia News Agency / Reuters

The Iranian nuclear scientist, murdered last week, was shot through a remote controlled machine gun and operated from a car from a distance, the semi-official Fars news agency reported yesterday.

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was murdered on Friday (27) when his car was riddled with bullets on a highway near Tehran. Iran has accused Israel of committing the murder. Supreme leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and others have vowed revenge.

The Fars News report – and reproduced by the American TV network CNN – says that Fakhrizadeh was traveling with his wife in a bulletproof car, alongside three other vehicles that made him safe. When he heard what appeared to be a bullet hitting one of the vehicles, he got out of the car to check what had happened.

As he left, the report said, a remote-controlled machine gun opened fire on a Nissan parked about 150 meters from Fakhrizadeh’s car. The scientist would have been hit at least three times. One of the security guards was also shot. An explosion was also heard.

The agency cites Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami as one of the sources.

“Based on reports received from members of his security team, Mr. Fakhrizadeh’s vehicle was initially shot at, after which a Nissan vehicle loaded with explosives was detonated in their vicinity as shots aimed at his vehicle were continuing” , Hatami told the agency.

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