A machine gun equipped with a “satellite-controlled smart system” and installed on a pickup had fired a total of 13 shots in the attack on nuclear scientist Mohsin Fakhrizadeh.
IRGC Deputy Commander Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi said the Fakhrizadeh assassinated in an unmanned operation on November 27. He said while addressing a cultural event in the University of Tehran on Sunday.
All other bullets were fired by the body guards, Fadavi noted. The smart system controlling the machine gun had zeroed in on Fakhrizadeh and utilized artificial intelligence, the general stated.
He said the purpose of exploding the gun-laden pickup after the shootout was to kill the 11 IRGC servicemen accompanying the scientist.
The head of the security team was shot after shielding Fakhrizadeh from bullets, Fadavi said, adding that the nuclear scientist was succumbed to a gunshot wound in his back and spinal cord amputation.
Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh assassination whodunit has deepened with a new claim by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) that satellite-controlled electronic devices have been used in the November 27 fatal attack.
The IRGC spokesperson, General Ramezan Sharif’s spoke about the satellite-controlled device during remarks at a ceremony held in commemoration of the late Iranian scientist on Sunday. “Advanced satellite-controlled electronic instruments have been used,” he said.
The latest statement deepens the mystery behind how the assassination was carried out as a top Iranian security official had said earler that a remote controlled automated gun, mounted on a four-wheel drive vehicle was used in the assassination.
However, Fakhrizadeh’s son has said that his father died was killed by "four or five bullets" which were fired by mercenaries at short range.
The head of the IRGC’s public relations department also lauded the head of the martyr’s security team for making great sacrifices in order to protect the scientist amid the assassination attack.
No assassin present
Last week, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said Fakhrizadeh was assassinated in a complicated operation that involved electronic equipment without any assassin at the scene. “Unfortunately, the operation was a very complicated one. It took place with the employment of electronic equipment. No person (assassin) was present at the scene,” he said.
Pointing to the clues that Iran has found about the attack, Shamkhani said, “It has become clear to us who has masterminded this and what its background is. The Munafeqin (Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization) have been involved for sure, and the criminal element in this job is definitely the Zionist regime and Mossad.”
From the IRGC spokesperson’s comment, “the head of the martyr’s security team making great sacrifices,” it is indicative that the security official was also killed. Spot reports had said three bodies had been brought to the hospital including that of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.
Son says Fakhrizadeh killed by mercenaries
The son of top Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who was assassinated last week, explained the details of his father's killing in an interview Friday night, according to Israel’s N12 news.
When his father was killed, it was "a war zone," and that he was killed by "four or five bullets" which were shot by mercenaries at short range. He went on to explain that his mother was also in the car but was unharmed, suggesting that the killing was a targeted assassination.