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Iran said distributing pictures of suspects in killing of nuclear chief

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A London based Iranian journalist claimed late Sunday that Iran has distributed pictures of four suspects in the killing of top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. The claim, tweeted by Mohamed Ahwaze, also known as M Majed, was quickly picked up by Hebrew media, and was the lead item on the websites of Israel’s two main TV channels in the early hours of Monday morning.

According to the report Iranian intelligence agents were distributing the photos of the men at hotels across the country and asking hotel owners to immediately inform them if they have seen the men.

Ahwaze also reported that Iranian forces had stepped up their presence and patrols near the border with Iraqi Kurdistan, anticipating that the suspects would use that route to try and flee the country.

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The claims were made at the same time as the semi-official Fars news site quoted the Intelligence Ministry saying that they had clues to the identity of the attackers behind the killing of Fakhrizadeh — a brigadier general in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, and a key figure in the country’s military research-and-development program long regarded by Israel and the US as the head of its rogue nuclear weapons program — and would soon share the information with the public. Israeli Channel 13’s website early on November 30, 2020, leads with a report on Iran distributing pictures of four suspects in the killing of nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh (Screenshot)

Earlier in the day Ahwaze tweeted a claim that 62 people were involved in Friday’s killing, including 12 people who took part in the actual assassination and a logistics team of some 50 others.

He claimed that the attackers first cut off electricity to the area, before detonating a car bomb and then opening fire. “According to Iranian leaks, the leader of the assassination team took Fakhrizadeh out of his car and shot him and........

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