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A truck bomb, then a hail of bullets: Iranian media describes hit on Fakhrizadeh

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Iranian media reported details of the assassination of top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh on Friday, describing a truck bomb and a fierce firefight outside Tehran.

Israeli and Western intelligence officials have identified Fakhrizadeh as the leading figure in Iran’s rogue nuclear weapons program. Iranian officials accused Israel of being behind the attack and vowed revenge.

The ambush took place in the town of Absard, a retreat for the Iranian elite with views of surrounding mountains located 40 miles east of Tehran.

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Absard residents told state media they heard an explosion in the area of the attack, followed by a barrage of automatic gunfire.

Iranian state television said a parked Nissan truck with explosives hidden under a load of wood blew up as Fakhrizadeh approached in a vehicle.

As Fakhrizadeh’s sedan stopped on the wide, tree-lined avenue, five or six gunmen emerged from a nearby vehicle and opened fire on his car, the semi-official Tasnim news agency said. This photo released by the semi-official Fars News Agency shows the scene where Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was killed in Absard, a small city just east of the capital, Tehran, Iran, Nov. 27, 2020. Parts of image are blurred for potentially disturbing imagery. (Fars News Agency via AP)


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