A top nuclear scientist in Iran, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, has been assassinated, state media reported.
Fakhrizadeh was shot on Friday as he journeyed in a vehicle near Tehran, the state capital.
He was seriously injured, doctors was unable to save his life.
The Iran Defence Ministry confirmed Fakhrizadeh’s death in a statement.
The statement read: “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.”
Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was the head of the Islamic Republic’s military nuclear program before it was dissolved in the early 2000s.