The resistance groups in the region in separate statements condemned the Friday assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, stressing support for Iran’s right to take revenge for his martyrdom.
“We all trust the power of Iran and the nation to make up for this loss, and we know that with more effort and progress, the monopoly of the arrogant powers on power components and scientific progress in the region will be broken,” the Palestinian resistance group, Hamas, said in a statement on Saturday.
Also the Islamic Jihad Movement deplored the terrorist attack, noting that the footprints of Israel and the US are clearly seen in the crime.
Meantime, Bahrain’s February 14 Movement in a statement said that “we fully support the Islamic Republic and all its actions in response to the dirty hands that carried out this terrorist operation and those who supported it”.
Also, Palestine’s Mujahedin Movement in a statement underlined that assassination of martyr Fakhrizadeh will not prevent the fighters from confrontation against the occupier Zionist regime, blaming Tel Aviv for the crime.
Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance group also in a statement strongly deplored the terrorist attack, saying, “Iran is able to identify criminals and cut the hands of those who attack Iranian scientists and officials, no matter who these criminals are.”
Meantime, Yemen’s Ansarullah movement in a statement condoled the Iranian nation and government on martyrdom of Fakhrizadeh, saying, “We emphasize Tehran’s right to respond to all those who planned and carried out this crime.”
Also in Iraq, Spokesman of al-Nujaba Movement Nasser al-Shamri condemned the terror act, saying, “We believe in the Islamic Iran’s resistance, victory and might.”
Iraq’s Kataeb Hezbollah group, affiliated to Hashd al-Shaabi, also said that assassination of martyr Fakhrizadeh is in line with a series of crimes that target the scientific capacities of the Arab and Islamic nations.
“Collaboration among Saudi Arabia, the US and the Zionist regime in the assassination of martyr Fakhrizadeh exposes all of them to revenge and response,” it added.
Fakhrizadeh’s car was targeted by an explosion and machinegun fire in Damavand’s Absard 40 kilometers to the East of Tehran.
The nuclear scientist and one of his companions were immediately taken to a nearby hospital but he could not be saved.
Eyewitness accounts confirmed that Fakhrizadeh’s car came under attack first by a blast and then by terrorists who sprayed bullets at his car.
Early in 2018, the Israeli sources had acknowledged that Mossad had tried to assassinate an Iranian nuclear scientist, but its operation failed.
According to Fars News Agency, Mossad had gained access to Fakhrizadeh’s name via a UN list which referred to him as a senior scientist of Iran’s Defense Ministry’s Physics Research Center.
After the terrorist attack on Friday, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Hossein Salami underlined that assassination of Fakhrizadeh may not undermine Iranians’ resolve, and said revenge for the terror attack is already on the country’s agenda.
General Salami extended condolences to Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, martyr Fakhrizadeh’s family, and the Iranian nation over the martyrdom of Head of the Research and Innovation Organization of Iran’s Defense Ministry, Dr. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who was assassinated in an organized and pre-planned terrorist attack by the child-killing Israeli regime.
“The enemies of the Iranian nation, specially the masterminds, perpetrators and supporters of this crime, should also know that such crimes will not undermine the resolve of the Iranians to continue this glorious and power-generating path, and harsh revenge and punishment is on agenda for them,” the IRGC chief commander stressed.
Iranian nuclear scientists have been the target of the western and Israeli spy agencies’ assassination attempts in recent years.
In June 2012, Iran announced that its intelligence forces had identified and arrested all terrorist elements behind the assassination of the country’s nuclear scientists.
“All the elements involved in the assassinations of the country’s nuclear scientists have been identified and arrested,” Iran’s Intelligence Ministry announced in a statement.
“A number of countries, whose territories and facilities had been misused by the Mossad-backed terrorist teams, have provided the Iranian officials with relevant information,” the statement added.
“Over the course of the investigations, all other elements behind the assassinations of the Iranian scientists Massoud Ali-Mohammadi, Majid Shahriari and Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan as well as Reza Qashqaei (Roshan’s driver) have been apprehended,” the statement read.
“Some of the perpetrators of the assassination of Dr. Fereidoun Abbasi, the current head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, are among those arrested,” the ministry added.
According to the statement, Iran’s Intelligence Ministry had detected some of Mossad’s bases within the territories of one of Iran’s Western neighbors, which provided training and logistical support to the terrorist networks.
In the fifth attack of its kind in two years, terrorists killed a 32-year-old Iranian scientist, Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, and his driver on January 11, 2012.
The blast took place on the second anniversary of the martyrdom of Iranian university professor and nuclear scientist, Massoud Ali Mohammadi, who was also assassinated in a terrorist bomb attack in Tehran in January 2010.
The assassination method used in the bombing was similar to the 2010 terrorist bomb attacks against the then university professor, Fereidoun Abbassi Davani – who became the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization – and his colleague Majid Shahriari. While Abbasi Davani survived the attack, Shahriari was martyred.
Another Iranian scientist, Dariush Rezaeinejad, was also assassinated through the same method on 23 July 2011.
In a relevant development in January, 2015, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) announced that it had thwarted an attempt by the Israeli intelligence forces to assassinate an Iranian nuclear scientist.
“In the last two years, the Zionist enemy (Israel) was trying hard to assassinate an Iranian nuclear scientist, but the timely presence of the IRGC security forces thwarted the terrorist operation,” Deputy Chief Liaison Officer of Flight Guards Corps Colonel Ya’qoub Baqeri told FNA in 2015.