“The main perpetrator behind the assassination who was a fired employee of the Armed Forces, and had left the country before the operation, is currently being prosecuted,” Seyyed Mahmoud Alavi told ISNA.
Fakhrizadeh, a deputy defense minister and head of the Iranian Defense Ministry’s Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research (SPND), was assassinated in the town of Absard, east of Tehran, on November 27, 2020. Following the terror operation, Iran vowed to take revenge, saying no act of terrorism would go unanswered, Press TV wrote.
Iran also blamed Israel, at which Tehran pointed the finger for carrying out assassination operations against Iranian nuclear scientists, including Masoud Alimohammadi, Majid Shahriari, Darioush Rezaeinejad, and Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan over the past decade.
Alavi said Israel had planned to commit various other “acts of mischief” in Iran since Fakhrizadeh’s assassination, but they were “all detected and neutralized” by Iranian intelligence forces.
He added that a number of other individuals have been also identified with regard to the assassination.
In a presentation in April 2018, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu labeled Fakhrizadeh as the director of Iran’s nuclear program. “Remember that name, Fakhrizadeh,” he told the audience.
A Wednesday report by the Jewish Chronicle claimed that Fakhrizadeh was killed by a one-ton gun smuggled into Iran in pieces by the Israeli spy agency Mossad.
The British weekly, citing unnamed intelligence sources, said that “the bespoke weapon, operated remotely by agents on the ground as they observed the target, was so heavy because it included a bomb that destroyed the evidence after the killing”.
The attack was carried out “by Israel alone, without American involvement” but US officials were notified beforehand, it added.