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Backgrounder: Assassinated, kidnapped Iranian nuclear experts in recent years

01-12-2012 08:55 BJT

BEIJING, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- A bomb blast killed one Iranian nuclear expert and injured two others in Tehran on Wednesday morning. Assassinations and kidnappings targeting nuclear scientists have been frequent in Iran since 2007.

In January 2007, famous Iranian nuclear physicist Ardeshir Hoseynpur died from gas poisoning. Iran blamed this incident on the Israeli intelligence agency.

Hoseynpur, who was a key figure in Iran's uranium enrichment program,won an importance prize for scientific research in 2004 in Iran and a prize in Iran's international science festival in 2006.

In June 2009, Iran's nuclear expert Shahram Amiri, who was a member of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran and a researcher in a university in Tehran, disappeared during a pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

Iran insisted that Amiri was kidnapped by American agents, and they strongly condemned the U.S. government.

The U.S. media reported at the end of March 2010 that Amiri had defected to the American side to help the CIA assess Iran's nuclear capability.

After having disappeared for more than one year, Amiri returned to Tehran with Iran's unremitting efforts in July 2010.

On Jan. 12 2010, nuclear scientist Massoud Ali-Mohammadi from Tehran University was killed by a remote-controlled bomb in Tehran.

Iran blamed the U.S. and Israeli intelligence agents for being behind the blast, an accusation denied by the U.S. side.

On Nov. 29 2010, two bombs blasted in Tehran. Majid Shahriyari, a nuclear physicist from Shahid Beheshti University, was killed on his way to work, while physicist Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani from the same university was injured by another bomb.

Iran accused Israel of being the culprit of the two blasts.

On July 23, 2011, Iranian nuclear physicist Darioush Rezai was shot dead by a motorcyclist in front of his home in Tehran.

Iran said the murder was made by the U.S. and Israeli intelligence agencies, the CIA and the Mossad, to thwart Iran's nuclear progress.

Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: Xinhua

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