Iran Accuses Israel of Using ‘Electronic Devices’ to Kill Top Nuclear Scientist Remotely

Military personnel stand near the flag-draped coffin of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh during a funeral ceremony on Monday. Photograph: AP

A senior Iranian security official has accused Israel of using “electronic devices” to carry out a remote assassination of Iran’s top nuclear scientist.

Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of the country’s supreme national security council, made the comments at the funeral for Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.

“The operation was very complex and took place using electronic devices, and no one was present at the scene,” he told Iranian media. He blamed Israel, which has not commented on the killing, and said an Iranian opposition group in exile, called Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, had also played a role. He did not provide evidence to back up the claims.

His comments on Friday’s attack differ significantly from initial accounts by authorities stating that Fakhrizadeh was killed in an assault carried out by gunmen using machine guns and explosives.

The Fars news agency reported more detailed claims on Sunday evening, saying the attack involved the use of a remote-controlled weapon mounted on a car. It said no attackers were present at the time of the assassination.

A report said Fakhrizadeh and his wife were travelling in a bulletproof car along with three vehicles for bodyguards when gunfire hit his car. Fakhrizadeh exited the car to check the damage, the report said, speculating that he may have thought he had hit something.

“At this moment, from a Nissan car that was stopped 150 metres away from the martyr’s car, several shots were fired at the martyr from an automatic remote-controlled machine gun,” the report said, adding that one bullet hit his back.

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SOURCE: The Guardian, Oliver Holmes