Top Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh assassinated near Tehran: reports
Iran denies it is trying to produce atomic weapons and insists the Bushehr reactor and its other nuclear facilities are purely for peaceful energy needs (AFP Photo/Majid Asgaripour)

A prominent Iranian nuclear scientist was targeted Friday in an assassination attempt near the capital Tehran, media in the Islamic republic reported.

The scientist was identified in the reports as Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, with Tasnim news agency initially saying he was "assassinated" before updating its report to say it was "yet to receive official news" on his health condition.

Tasnim and Fars, both close to security sources, said the attempt was at Absard city in Tehran province's eastern Damavand county, with "terrorists bombing a car before shooting at Mr. Fakhrizadeh's car."