WILLIAM YONG and ALAN COWELL
Nov 29, 2010
TEHRAN — Unidentified assailants riding motorcycles launched bomb attacks early on Monday against two Iranian nuclear physicists here, killing one of them and prompting accusations in the state-run media that the United States and Israel were behind the episode.
At a news conference, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that “undoubtedly the hand of the Zionist regime and Western governments is involved” in the killing, news reports said, but did not identify those governments by name. The killing led Iran’s nuclear chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, to warn the West and its allies not to “play with fire.” Both Mr. Salehi and Mr. Ahmadinejad vowed that Tehran would not be deterred from expanding its nuclear project.
The dead scientist was identified as Majid Shahriari, a physics professor at Shahid Beheshti University in northern Tehran. He was killed and his wife was injured when a bomb that had been attached to his car was detonated remotely. A second professor at the same university, Fereydoon Abbasi, was injured in a separate, simultaneous attack. His wife was also hurt.
Iranian media reports said the motorcycle attackers had attached the bombs to the professors’ cars and detonated them from a distance. The attackers escaped. According to The Associated Press, the bombs were attached to both cars while they were moving.
This article was posted: Monday, November 29, 2010 at 9:33 am