Iranian foreign minister slams assassination of scientist

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a statement vehemently condemned assassination of head of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Head of the Research and Innovation Organization of the Ministry of Defense.

In his statement, Zarif seriously denounced the terrorist and blind act to assassinate Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, IRNA reported.

Zarif condoled with Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, Iranian nation, Defense Ministry officials and the bereaved family of Fakhrizadeh over sad occasion.

Following his condolence message, Zarif tweeted, “Terrorists murdered an eminent Iranian scientist today. This cowardice—with serious indications of Israeli role—shows desperate warmongering of perpetrators Iran calls on int'l community—and especially EU—to end their shameful double standards & condemn this act of state terror.”

Fakhrizadeh-Mahavadi was targeted on Friday in a multi-pronged attack involving at least one explosion and small fire by a number of assailants in Absard city of Damavand County, Tehran province.

According to the Public Relations Office of the Ministry of Defense, the prominent physicist, who headed its Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research (SPND), was sent to hospital immediately but was martyred due to the wounds he had sustained in the terrorist assault.

During the conflict, the security team protecting Iranian scientists were also injured and transferred to hospital.

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