According to reports from an Iranian state news agency, scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was riddled with bullets in a terrorist attack outside Iran’s capital on Friday, Nov.27.

Tasnim News Agency reported that on Friday night the vehicle carrying the scientist in the town of Absard, east of Tehran, was attacked “by armed terrorist elements” first by the explosion of a rocket and then by two teams of people who unloaded their machine guns on the vehicle.

According to Tasnim, the wounded nuclear scientist was taken to a hospital, where “the efforts of the medical teams to resuscitate the Iranian scientist failed and he was martyred.”

The scene of the attack that killed prominent Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, outside Tehran, Iran, on Nov. 27, 2020. (WANA (West Asia News Agency) via Reuters)

At least two of Fakhrizadeh’s relatives who traveled with him and two of the attackers also died in the incident.

The site of the attack that killed prominent Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, outside Tehran, Iran, on Nov. 27, 2020. (WANA (West Asia News Agency) via Reuters)

Fakhrizadeh was leading the Iranian program called “Amad” or “Hope,” which Israel and the West described as a military operation to build a nuclear bomb.

In January of this year, U.S. security forces killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Iran after intelligence reports indicated that he was planning several attacks on U.S. targets.

Soleimani and Fakhrizadeh are two major casualties for the Iranian regime that the United States calls the world’s greatest promoter of terrorism.

The Iranian regime has been under tremendous pressure with the Trump administration: first the United States withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal that was signed during the Obama era and only helped the regime financially to continue acquiring uranium for its nuclear program.  

Second, President Trump imposed serious economic sanctions on Iran, limiting its ability to trade outside its borders, even confiscating four Iranian fuel shipments bound for Venezuela, according to a Reuters report.

Finally, President Trump’s peace agreements between Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and the Kingdom of Bahrain brought two Muslim-majority nations closer to the Jewish people and even resumed diplomatic relations.

These peace agreements are a great triumph in ending decades of armed conflict between Jews and Muslims. President Trump promised more of such agreements in the Middle East region.

The foreign minister of Iran referred to the incident via his Twitter account, “Terrorists murdered an eminent Iranian scientist today. This cowardice—with serious indications of an Israeli role—shows the desperate warmongering of the perpetrators.”   

However, since the only source for the news is Iranian state media, an independent verification of the facts is necessary to confirm what really happened.