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Britain condemns killing of Iranian nuclear scientist

01-12-2012 08:57 BJT

LONDON, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office issued a statement condemning the killing of an Iranian nuclear scientist on Wednesday and called for negotiated solution.

"We condemn the killing of civilians and we want a negotiated solution to concerns about Iran's nuclear program," the British Foreign Office said in a short statement.

Local media reported earlier that Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan, an Iranian national, was killed by a car bomb attack in Gol Nabi Street near the Ketabi square in northern Tehran on Wednesday morning.

The 32-year-old victim was the deputy chief of Natanz nuclear enrichment site's commercial section, said the official IRNA news agency.

Iran's semi-official Fars news agency reported that an assailant on a motorcycle stuck a bomb on the side of Ahmadi-Roshan's car, killing the man and the driver in the car.

Earlier media reports identified Ahmadi-Roshan as university professor, and Fars said he was a "nuclear scientist."

It was not immediately clear if Ahmadi-Roshan was directly involved in Iran's nuclear program.

Several Iranian nuclear scientists have been assassinated in recent years.

Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: Xinhua

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