Details of a plot to murder a nuclear scientist were revealed when Iran pledged revenge for his murder.
Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, head of Iran’s Defense Ministry Research and Innovation Organization, was murdered on Friday.
He was ambushed by 12 murderers on a highway near Tehran and shot in his car.
The killers were part of a group of 62 people who plotted to kill Fakhrizadeh.
The other 50 were reported to be responsible for logistical support.
Iran’s spiritual and military rulers have blamed the murder of the Islamic Republic’s old enemy, Israel.
Iran has historically accused Israel of murdering several Iranian nuclear scientists since 2010.
Iranian journalist Mohamad Ahwaze, who claims to have received leaked information from the country’s government and Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, revealed details of the scientist’s murder on Twitter.
He said the attack was planned for a roundabout in the rural town of Absard.
The attackers had reportedly kept an eye on the victim and knew he would be driving from Tehran to Absard – where the 59-year-old had a villa.
The 12 killers were deployed in the city while the remaining 50 people supported them with logistics – but it was not clear whether they were in Iran or abroad.
The journalist said all members of the team that committed the murder had undergone special training and were involved with security and intelligence services abroad.
According to leaked Iranian data, the murder team used a Hyundai Santa Fe, a Nissan and four motorcycles to carry out the murder.
They were waiting for Fakhrizadeh at the scene of the ambush, Ahwaze said.
There was also a Nissan pick-up with booby traps on site.
About half an hour before Fakhrizadeh’s convoy of three bulletproof cars arrived, electricity was cut in the area.
As the third vehicle passed, the Nissan detonated.
The second car, containing Fakhrizadeh, was then shot at by 12 hitmen, including two snipers.
Ahwaze tweeted : “According to Iranian leaks, the leader of the assassination team pulled Fakhrizadeh from his car and shot him and caused him to be killed.”
He added that the hitmen escaped and the scientist’s protection team was then transported to hospitals in Tehran.
According to the Iranian leaks, none of the 12 elements that participated in the murder’s field operations were injured or arrested, Ahzawe added.
The murder of Fakhrizadeh – referred to by Israel as the “father” of Iran’s nuclear program – has once again increased tensions between the Islamic republic and its enemies.
Iran will provide a “calculated and decisive” response to the murder of its top nuclear scientist, a top adviser to Iran’s supreme leader said.
A harsh newspaper suggested Tehran should retaliate against the Israeli city of Haifa.
Kamal Kharrazi, who is also the head of Iran’s Strategic Foreign Relations Council, said in a statement, “Iran will undoubtedly provide a considered and decisive response to the criminals who took Martyr Mohsen Fakhrizadeh from the Iranian nation.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office has declined to comment on the murder.
An Israeli minister, Tzachi Hanegbi, said on Saturday he did not know who carried it out.
Fakhrizadeh’s body has been taken to the first of several revered Shia Muslim shrines ahead of his funeral on Nov. 30, state media reported.