It was a mystery as to who was responsible for the death of Al-Qaeda’s second-in-command, Abu Muhammad al-Masri, in Tehran back in August. The world now has an answer – Israel’s Mossad.

Back in August, Al-Qaeda’s second-in-command was spontaneously shot and killed in the Iranian capital city of Tehran. Until now, it remained unknown concerning who was responsible for the death of Abu Muhammad al-Masri, but we now know that it was operatives belonging to Mossad, Israel’s elite national intelligence agency. Undercover operations such as the killing of al-Masri are just one of many things Mossad handles.

Al-Masri, whose real name was Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, was believed to be the successor to Al-Qaeda’s current leader, Ayman al-Zawahri. It was al-Masri who was allegedly responsible for planning the bombings on two US embassies in Africa in 1998. These took place in Kenya and Tanzania where 224 people were killed, including 12 Americans. According to the FBI, over 4,500 other people were wounded.

Following his death, the Iranians denied any allegations of his presence in their capital city. However, what should be more concerning to the Iranian regime is that the Mossad had direct access to him in their capital.

It is rumored that the Mossad had interest in him as a target because he was planning attacks on Jewish interests at the time. At least one report suggests that he had been tracked for a year prior to his death.