Monday, November 29, 2010

Tehran, Iran - Attack Kills Leading Iranian Nuclear Scientist

By Richard Spencer - Borrowed from the Telegraph - Thank you
A double attack in Tehran has killed a leading Iranian nuclear scientist and injured a second, according to the authorities.
Men on motorbikes approached the cars of the two men and stuck magnet-bombs on their windscreens, according to one report, though pictures from the scene showed what seemed to be bullet or shrapnel holes in the car of one of the men.
"Majid Shahriyari was martyred and his wife was injured," state radio said. "Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani and his wife were both wounded."
Both men are thought to have been senior figures at the school of nuclear engineering at Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran.
It is not known whether they would have been directly involved in running the programme to enrich uranium which western countries fear is at the heart of Iranian plans to build a nuclear weapon.
However, Mr Shahriyari is said to have been involved in research to analyse neutrons that could contribute to the development of a new generation of nuclear reactors, for peaceful or military purposes. The head of Iran's atomic energy organisation, Ali Akbar Salehi, confirmed he was involved in a "major project".
According to one report, he was on the United Nations list of individuals subject to international sanctions over the nuclear programme.
Dr Abbasi-Davani was said to be a laser expert and to be a specialist in nuclear isotope preparation. He was also said to work with the defence ministry and to have been a member of the elite Revolutionary Guard.
Iran was quick to blame the west and in particular Israel for the attack.
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