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Mohsen Fakhrizadeh
محسن فخری‌زاده
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Mohsen Fakhrizadeh Mahabadi
محسن فخری‌زاده مهابادی

Qom, Iran
Died 27 November 2020(2020-11-27) (aged 61–62)
Absard, Damavand, Iran
Cause of death Gunshot wounds during assassination
Nationality Iranian
Occupation Nuclear physicist
Military career
Service/branch Revolutionary Guards
Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics
Years of service 1980–2020
Rank Brigadier general

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


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

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


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

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