Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, secretive scientist central to Iran's nuclear ambitions, said killed near capital
A senior Iranian nuclear scientist was assassinated in the vicinity of Tehran on Friday, Iran's PressTV reported, citing "unofficial sources."
The report identifies the deceased as Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a high-ranking officer with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRCG) and professor of physics at the Imam Hussein University.
According to the available reports, the scientist was killed in an attack to the east of Tehran in what is described as a suicide attack, with a blast and gunshots heard in the area.
Fakhrizadeh is said to have been at the helm of the so-called Project Amad -- Iran's efforts to obtain nuclear weapons.