Iranian nuclear scientists targeted in Tehran

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November 29, 2010 19:55

Security officials inspect the damaged car of the Iranian nuclear scientist. Photo - Al Alam TV/Reuters

Who: Two Iranian nuclear scientists.

What: Two car bomb blasts killed an Iranian nuclear scientist and wounded another. The dead scientist, Majid Shahriari, was a member of the nuclear engineering faculty at Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran. His wife, who was in the car with him, was injured. Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani, also a professor at the same university, and his wife were both wounded in the other attack.

Where: The attacks took place at different locations in northern Tehran, capital of Iran.

When: Unknown terrorists detonated bombs in the vehicles of Dr. Majid Shahriari and Professor Fereydoun Abbasi on Monday morning between 7-8 a.m. local time.

Why: Iranian security officials believe that the attacks were related to a number of foreign intelligence agencies, particularly the Israeli Mossad. Some media reports suggest the wounded scientist was a laser expert at Iran’s defence ministry and one of the country’s few top specialists in nuclear isotope separation. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that “undoubtedly the hand of the Zionist regime and Western governments is involved” in the killing but refused to “budge to the immoral tactics employed by the enemies to stop Iran from pursuing its nuclear programs”.

How: Assailants on motorcycles attached bombs to the cars of two nuclear scientists as they were driving to work in Tehran. Another nuclear scientist, Massoud Ali-Mohammadi, was killed by a remote-controlled bomb in Tehran in January. Experts on security and nuclear energy believe the move might have been taken by Western and Israeli intelligence agencies to hamper Iran’s nuclear programme and bring its atomic activity to a halt by assassinating the nuclear elite.

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