Iran’s First Vice-President Es'haq Jahangiri, Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, and Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (IAEO) Ali Akbar Salehi expressed condolences in separate messages late on Friday over the martyrdom of Fakhrizadeh who served as the head of the Iranian Defense Ministry’s Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research (SPND), IRNA reported.
Jahangiri offered his condolences to the Supreme Leader, the grateful people of Iran, his colleagues in Defense Ministry and relatives, especially his honorable family, over the martyrdom of “the committed director Dr. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh at the hands of criminal terrorists affiliated with the illegitimate and usurping Zionist regime.”
He urged “the relevant intelligence and security services to quickly and accurately identify and deal with the perpetrators of this criminal assassination and inform the honorable people of Iran of the result of their investigations.”
A professor of physics at Imam Hussein University of Tehran, Fakhrizadeh was shot and injured by terrorists in his vehicle on Friday in a small city east of the capital Tehran in an attack that also involved a car bombing.
According to a statement released by Iran’s Defense Ministry, Fakhrizadeh was severely injured during an exchange of fire between his bodyguards and armed assassins and was taken to a hospital for treatment.
“Unfortunately, the medical team did not succeed in reviving him, and a few minutes ago, this diligent manager and scientist achieved the high status of martyrdom after years of effort and struggle,” the statement said.
Iranian government officials and military commanders hinted that the Israeli regime could have been behind the terror attack, vowing harsh revenge against all the criminals involved.
In another development, the IAEO Chief Ali Akbar Salehi in message to the defense minister expressed condolences over the martyrdom of one of the country's defense industry managers, saying, “His martyrdom will further strengthen Islamic Iran.”
Meanwhile, Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf in a tweeted message denounced Fakhrizadeh assassination and promised “a severe revenge” against his murderers.
Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri has also said earlier that killers of the prominent Iranian nuclear scientist should be waiting for a tough revenge.