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John Brennan said he did not know who was to blame for the murder of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.

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Updated: Nov 29, 2020, 01:51 IST

Protesters burn the U.S. and Israeli flags during a demonstration against the the killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.(REUTERS)

The former head of the CIA labelled the assassination of a top Iranian nuclear scientist on Friday a “criminal” act that risks inflaming conflict in the region. John Brennan said he did not know who was to blame for the murder of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.

“This was a criminal act & highly reckless. It risks lethal retaliation & a new round of regional conflict,” Brennan said in a series of tweets. “I do not know whether a foreign government authorised or carried out the murder of Fakhrizadeh,” he said. “Such an act of state-sponsored terrorism would be a flagrant violation of international law & encourage more governments to carry out lethal attacks against foreign officials.”

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