–Fakhrizadeh laid to rest in Tehran
TEHRAN: The weapon used in the killing of Iran’s top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was made in Israel, Iranian state media reported on Monday.
The “remains of the weapon” from the site of the attack outside Tehran bear “the logo and specifications of the Israeli military industry,” an informed source told Iranian English-language broadcaster, Press-TV.
On Sunday, Iran’s Defence Ministry said that it “had a lead” on the identity of the perpetrators and promised an official announcement with details “soon.”
Top Iranian officials blamed Israel for masterminding Fakhrizadeh’s killing and promised “hard revenge.”
Tel-Aviv has denied any involvement, with Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen saying that he did not know who was behind the attack. However, Cohen confessed that he had not shed a tear over Fakhrizadeh’s death, which, according to him, made the world a safer place. “Anyone who takes an active part in creating a nuclear weapon is a dead man walking,” he told Army Radio.
Israel has been blaming Tehran for years of working towards creating a nuclear weapon, while also labeling Fakhrizadeh as the head of the program. Iran insists that its nuclear developments are solely of a peaceful nature.
Press-TV did not specify the type of weapons used to target the scientist, only saying that the attack involved “at least one explosion and machinegun fire.”
Several different accounts of the assassination have been circulating in Iranian media. According to one scenario, the operation was carried out by a 12-man commando team, while another claimed that Fakhrizadeh’s motorcade was attacked with a remote-controlled machine gun from some 150 meters away.
Meanwhile, assassinated nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was laid to rest in the capital Tehran as authorities blamed Israel for the killing and repeated vows to avenge it.
The funeral on Monday, scaled down due to coronavirus protocols and attended only by Fakhrizadeh’s family and some military commanders, was held at the defence ministry headquarters in Tehran.
Fakhrizadeh’s coffin, wrapped in an Iranian flag, was then taken to a cemetery near Imamzadeh Saleh Mosque in the north of the city for burial.
His body had been taken to the northeastern holy city of Mashhad late on Saturday where he was taken to the holy shrine of Imam Reza (AS) for a ceremonial circling of the holy tomb and prayers.
Following that, it was taken to the holy shrine of Bibi Fatima Masumeh’s (AS) in Qom on Sunday, and later to the shrine of Imam Khomeini, founder of the Islamic Republic, in Tehran.