EU calls assassination of Fakhrizadeh ‘a criminal act’

TEHRAN, Nov. 28 (MNA) – A Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union issued a statement on Saturday, calling the assassination of martyr Fakhrizadeh ‘a criminal act’.

"On 27 November 2020 in Absard, Iran, an Iranian government official and several civilians were killed in a series of violent attacks. This is a criminal act and runs counter to the principle of respect for human rights the EU stands for," Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union said in a statement. 

"The High Representative expresses his condolences to the family members of the individuals who were killed while wishing a prompt recovery to any other individuals who may have been injured," the statement read.

"In these uncertain times, it is more important than ever for all parties to remain calm and exercise maximum restraint in order to avoid escalation which cannot be in anyone’s interest," it added.

Fakhrizadeh was targeted on Friday in a multi-pronged attack involving at least one explosion and small fire by a number of assailants in Absard city of Damavand County, Tehran province.

According to the Public Relations Office of the Ministry of Defense, the prominent physicist, who headed its Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research (SPND), was sent to hospital immediately but was martyred due to the wounds he had sustained in the terrorist assault.

During the conflict, the security team protecting Iranian scientist were also injured and transferred to hospital.

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