Iran's Ministry of Defense issued a statement to the media confirming the death of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, saying he died on Friday in a hospital because of his injuries.
"Unfortunately, the medical team did not succeed in reviving him, and a few minutes ago, this manager and scientist achieved the high status of martyrdom after years of effort and struggle," the statement said.
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said that Israel was likely behind the assassination.
"Terrorists murdered an eminent Iranian scientist today. This cowardice—with serious indications of Israeli role—shows desperate warmongering of perpetrators," he wrote on Twitter.
"Iran calls on international community – and especially EU – to end their shameful double standards and condemn this act of state terror."
Terrorists murdered an eminent Iranian scientist today. This cowardice—with serious indications of Israeli role—shows desperate warmongering of perpetrators— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) November 27, 2020
Iran calls on int'l community—and especially EU—to end their shameful double standards & condemn this act of state terror.
In Absard, east of the capital, Fars news said witnesses heard the sound of an explosion and then machine gunfire. The attack targeted a car that Fakhrizadeh was in, the agency said, adding that those wounded were later taken to a local hospital, including Fakhrizadeh's bodyguards.
“Assassinating nuclear scientists is the most violent confrontation to prevent us from reaching modern science,” Salami tweeted.
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami tweeted on Friday that the attack displayed
"the depth of enemies' hatred" towards the Islamic Republic."