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Iranian nuclear scientist killed by car bomb

01-12-2012 14:03 BJT

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An Iranian nuclear scientist has been killed after a bomb was attached to his car in Tehran. Iranian officials are blaming Israel for the attack. It comes as the International Atomic Energy Agency announced it will send inspectors to Iran soon to discuss concerns over its nuclear program.

Iranian state TV says two assailants on a motorcycle attached a magnetic bomb to the car of an Iranian university professor working at a key nuclear facility, killing him and another person on Wednesday.

An Iranian nuclear scientist has been killed after a bomb was attached to his car in

The professor is confirmed as Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, a 32-year-old chemistry expert and a director of the Natanz uranium enrichment facility in central Iran.

The Fars News Agency described the explosion as a "terrorist attack" targeting Roshan. State news agency IRNA said Roshan had "organisational links" to Iran’s nuclear agency, which suggested a direct role in key aspects of the program.

The attack in Tehran bore a strong resemblance to earlier killings of scientists working on the Iranian nuclear program.

Tehran has accused Israel’s Mossad, the CIA and Britain’s spy agency of engaging in an underground campaign against nuclear-related targets, including at least three slayings since early 2010.

All three countries deny the Iranian accusations.

Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State, said, "I want to categorically deny any United States involvement in any kind of act of violence inside Iran. We believe that there has to be an understanding between Iran, its neighbours and the international community that finds a way forward for it to end its provocative behaviour, end its search for nuclear weapons and rejoin the international community and be a productive member of it."

Israeli officials, however, have hinted about covert campaigns against Iran without directly admitting involvement.

A similar bomb explosion exactly two years ago killed Tehran University professor, Masoud Ali Mohammadi, a senior physics expert. It is said that Roshan had planned to attend a memorial ceremony later Wednesday for Mohammadi.


Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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