IRAN has vowed to “strike like thunder” after blaming Israel for assassinating its nuclear weapons mastermind.
Scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was killed in a bomb and gun attack on Friday in Damavand, near the capital Tehran, which the regime slammed as an “act of state terror”.
The scientist's car was reportedly struck by an explosion set by a "suicide" assassin before being sprayed with bullets in a brutal killing that is expected to spark harsh retaliation.
According to Iran state media, several other people have also died in the explosion.
Chilling pictures from the scene show the blood-soaked pavement and a black car punctured with bullets.
A statement by Iran's armed forces carried by state media 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."
It comes amid ongoing tensions in the Middle East between Iran and the US - along with its allies Israel and Saudi Arabia - over the Islamic Republic's quest for nuclear weapons.
Iran has vowed to "strike like thunder" on whoever carried out the attack.
Hossein Dehghan a top Iranian military adviser tweeted: "We will strike as thunder at the killers of this oppressed martyr and will make them regret their action".
Iran vows to ‘strike like thunder’ after blaming Israel for assassinating its nuclear weapons mastermind
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