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Iran accuses Mossad, CIA for assassination of nuclear scientist

English.news.cn   2010-11-29 20:08:48 FeedbackPrintRSS

Police and a camera crew stand near a damaged car following the detonation of a planted bomb in this still image taken from video in Tehran November 29, 2010. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- Iranian Interior Minister on Monday accused the U.S. and Israeli intelligence services of assassinating its nuclear scientist, the state IRIB TV reported.

Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said that the CIA and Mossad have always been the enemies of Iran. "They want to block our nation's scientific progress," the report quoted Mohammad Najjar as saying.

The top security official's remarks came after an Iranian nuclear physicist was killed and another was wounded in two separate terrorist attacks in northern Tehran Monday morning.

The desperate and terrorist act of the enemies against the scientists on Monday are the embodiment of their weakness and inferiority, added the interior minister.

Two professors from Iran's Shahid Beheshti University, who were also the members of Iran Nuclear Association, were attacked separately Monday morning, said state-run IRIB TV.

"Dr. Majid Shahriari was martyred and his wife was wounded and (in another) Dr. Fereidoon Abbasi and his wife were wounded," according to IRIB.

Shahriari was a member of the scientific board of Nuclear Engineering Faculty of Shahid Beheshti University, said the local mashreghnews website. Abbasi is also a member the scientific board and dean of Physics Faculty in Islamic Revolution Guards Corps ( IRCG)'s Imam Hossein University, said the website.

Talking to the reporters after the incidents, Tehran Police Chief Commander, Hossein Sajedi Nia, said that no suspects have been arrested so far and no group has claimed responsibility for the acts.

Both of the terrorist incidents were carried out by the motorcycle drivers who attached the bombs to the cars and the cars exploded a few seconds later, Sajedi Nia was quoted as saying.

The wives of the two academics were the staff of Tehran Shahid Beheshti university too, according to the police chief.

In January, Massoud Ali-Mohammadi, a nuclear scientist from Tehran University, was also killed by a remote control bomb attached to a motorbike parked near his house.

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Editor: Yang Lina
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