6 Dec, 2020 15:10
Iranian scientist assassinated with help of SATELLITE-CONTROLLED hardware â€“ IRGC
FILE PHOTO: The scene of the attack that killed Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. Â©WANA via REUTERS
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The assassination of senior Iranian military researcher Mohsen Fakhrizadeh involved sophisticated electronic equipment controlled via satellite link, a senior official said. The scientist was gunned down in an ambush last week.
This piece of information comes from General Ramezan Sharif, spokesman for the powerful Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), whose remarks during a Saturday event commemorating Fakhrizadeh were reported on Sunday by Iranian media.
â€œThe assassination of a scientist on the street with a satellite device can not undermine our security,â€ he was cited as saying.
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Last week the secretary of Iranâ€™s Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani, said a remotely controlled weapon was used in the ambush that claimed the scientistâ€™s life. The operation was â€œvery complicatedâ€ and didnâ€™t require human presence on the site at the time of the attack.
Iranian officials believe that Fakhrizadehâ€™s assassination was masterminded by Israel. Iranian media reported that the remains of the weapon that killed him, which was recovered from the scene, indicated that it originated from the Israeli military.
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Israeli Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen said his government had no idea who killed Fakhrizadeh, but added that whoever did made the world a safer place because the Iranian physicist took â€œan active part in creating a nuclear weapon.â€ Iran denies ever trying to militarize its nuclear research, saying itâ€™s purely civilian in purpose.