Top Iranian Nuclear Scientist Killed In Attack

from NPR,

A top Iranian scientist believed to be responsible for developing the country's military nuclear program was killed Friday, causing outrage in Iran and raising U.S. concerns over potential retaliation. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was in a vehicle that came under attack from "armed terrorists," Iran's Defense Ministry said in a statement. "In the shootout between Fakhrizadeh's bodyguards and the terrorists, the scientist was seriously wounded and taken to hospital," where the medical team was unable to save him and he succumbed to his injuries, it said.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but some senior Iranian officials said they believe Israel played a role. "Terrorists murdered an eminent Iranian scientist today," Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Twitter. "This cowardice—with serious indications of Israeli role—shows desperate warmongering of perpetrators." The Israeli government declined to comment on Fakhrizadeh's killing.

The U.S. State Department and Pentagon declined to comment on the incident.

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