Tuesday, November 30, 2010

[wvns] Terrorists Kill Iran scientist

TERRORISTS ASSASSINATE IRANIAN SCIENTIST AND WOUND ANOTHER SCIENTIST AND HIS WIFE


Top Iranian Nuclear Scientists Attacked
NY Times online
November 29, 2010
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/30/world/middleeast/30tehran.html?hp


TEHRAN — Unidentified assailants riding motorcycles launched separate
bomb attacks here on Monday against two of the country's top nuclear
scientists, killing one and prompting accusations that the United States and Israel were again trying to disrupt Iran's nuclear program.

...The motorcycle attackers attached the bombs to the professors' cars
and then drove off, detonating them from a distance, according to
Iranian media reports... (Prof. Fereydoon) Abbasi's wife was also hurt
in the blast, the reports said. Last January, a remote-controlled bomb
killed a physics professor, Masoud Ali Mohammadi, outside his home....

The slain scientist, Majid Shahriari, managed a "major project" for the country's Atomic Energy Organization, Iran's nuclear chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, told the semiofficial IRNA news agency. His injured colleague, Fereydoon Abbasi, is believed to be even more important; he is on the United Nations Security Council's sanctions list for ties to the Iranian nuclear effort...

Israel and the United States have often signaled that they will not
tolerate a nuclear Iran. Neither has acknowledged pursuing sabotage or
assassinations there, but both are widely believed to be pursuing ways
to undermine the country's nuclear program...

"They're bad people, and the work they do is exactly what you need to
design a bomb," said a (U.S.) federal official who assesses scientific
intelligence and spoke on condition of anonymity. "They're both top
scientists."

P. J. Crowley, the State Department spokesman, did not address the
Iranian accusations in detail. "All I can say is we decry acts of
terrorism wherever they occur and beyond that, we do not have any
information on what happened," he said.

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