‘Machine-gun with artificial intelligence’ used to kill Iran scientist

'Machine-gun with AI' used to kill Iran scientist
The Iranian authorities have put out conflicting accounts of how the scientist was killed. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: A Revolutionary Guards commander says a satellite-controlled machine-gun with “artificial intelligence” was used to kill Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Iran’s top nuclear scientist.

Mr. Fakhrizadeh was shot dead in a convoy outside of capital Tehran on 27 November.

Brig-Gen Ali Fadavi told local media that the weapon was mounted in a pick-up truck and it was able to fire at Fakhrizadeh without hitting his wife beside him. The claim could not be independently verified.

Tehran has blamed Israel and an exiled opposition group for the killing.

The Iranian officials have put out conflicting accounts of how the Mr Fakhrizadeh was gunned down as he travelled in a car through the town of Absard.

The defence ministry said on the day of the attack that there was a gunfight between Fakhrizadeh’s bodyguards and several gunmen.

One Iranian report quoted witnesses as saying that “three to four individuals, who are said to have been terrorists, were killed.” A Nissan pick-up was also said to have exploded at the scene.

The head of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council said in a speech at Fakhrizadeh’s funeral that it was actually a remote attack, using “special methods” and “electronic equipment”. But he provided no further details.

On Sunday, Gen Fadavi, the deputy commander of the Revolutionary Guards, said that a machine-gun mounted on the Nissan pick-up was “equipped with an intelligent satellite system which zoomed in on martyr Fakhrizadeh” and “was using artificial intelligence”.

He said: The machine-gun “focused only on martyr Fakhrizadeh’s face in a way that his wife, despite being only 25cm [10 inches] away, was not shot”.

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