The man who was called the leader of Tehran’s military nuclear program was killed Friday in a shooting, with Iran blaming Israel for the attack. 

“Terrorists murdered an eminent Iranian scientist today. This cowardice—with serious indications of Israeli role—shows desperate warmongering of perpetrators,” is how the Fars news agency reported the attack.

“Iran calls on int’l community—and especially EU—to end their shameful double standards and condemn this act of state terror.”

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh died in a hospital after armed assassins fired on his car. He had long been suspected by the West of being the mastermind of a secret nuclear bomb program for Iran. 

The military advisor to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said they would go after those who killed the scientist. “We will strike as thunder at the killers of this oppressed martyr and will make them regret their action,” Hossein Dehghan tweeted. 

This will most likely escalate the tension between the U.S. and Iran if these, in fact, are the final days of the Trump administration. 

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