Massoud Ali-Mohammed, Iran’s leading nuclear scientist murdered

12Jan10

A powerful bomb killed one of Iran’s leading nuclear scientists as he left for work on Tuesday, a murder for which the Iranian government immediately blamed Israel and the West. Massoud Ali-Mohammed,  taught at the University of Tehran and was a prominent supporter of Mir Hossein Mousavi, the opposition leader. Last month, Iran’s top diplomat accused the United States and Saudi Arabia of kidnapping another nuclear scientist. Dr Ali-Mohammadi, 50, died when a remote-controlled bomb exploded in the smart Qeytarieh district of northern Tehran, according to Iran’s state media

The government blamed the bombing on an armed Iranian opposition group that it said operated under the direction of Israel and the US. Iran often accuses both countries of meddling in its affairs – both when it comes to postelection unrest and its nuclear program. Israel’s foreign ministry had no comment.

Iran also directed suspicion at the exiled opposition group the People’s Mujahedeen Organization of Iran. One conservative Iranian Web site close to the ruling establishment said the group carried out the attack under direction of Israeli agents.



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