Mohsen Fakhrizadeh

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Mohsen Fakhrizadeh
محسن فخری‌زاده
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Born
Mohsen Fakhrizadeh Mahabadi
محسن فخری‌زاده مهابادی

1958[1]
Qom, Iran
Died27 November 2020(2020-11-27) (aged 61–62)
Cause of deathGunshot wounds during assassination
NationalityIranian
OccupationNuclear physicist
Employer
Military career
Service/branchRevolutionary Guards
Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics
Years of service1980–2020
RankBrigadier general

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh Mahabadi (Persian: محسن فخری‌زاده مهابادی‎; 1958 – 27 November 2020) was an Iranian nuclear physicist.[2] He was a professor of physics at Imam Hussein University in Tehran.

Career[change | change source]

He also was a brigadier general in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard,[3] senior scientist in the Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics and the former head of the Physics Research Center (PHRC) at Lavizan-Shian.[4]

Fakhrizadeh was believed by many countries as being in charge of Iran's nuclear programme, Project 111,[5] which tried to help the country create a nuclear bomb.[6]

Murder[change | change source]

On 27 November 2020, Fakhrizadeh was assassinated while traveling in a caer near Tehran.[7] The attack began when a truck carrying explosives hidden under a load of wood exploded near Fakhrizadeh's car.[8] A second car was destroyed with a bomb.[9]

More readings[change | change source]

  • Gaietta, Michele (2015). The Trajectory of Iran's Nuclear Program. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1057/9781137508256. ISBN 978-1-349-57841-2.
  • Nougayrède, Natalie (2012-02-19). "L'homme du projet 111 iranien". Le Temps (in French). ISSN 1423-3967.

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