Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Iran's nuclear scientist killed by member of Mossad

Reports have emerged that Iranian authorities have arrested "a member of Mossad terrorist network” suspected to be behind last year's killing of nuclear scientist Massoud Ali Mohammadi.

Mohammadi, a university lecturer at Tehran University, was killed by a bomb on 12th January 2010, while leaving his home in Tehran.

Majid Jamali Fash, identified as the member of the “terrorist network” said he was trained by Israeli military in Tel Aviv. Speaking about his training, he said: “On a trip to Tel Aviv, I got acquainted with several senior Israeli officers in a base on a highway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. There, I learned different things such as tailing, stalking and planting bombs under vehicles."

Fash admitted to being briefed about Mohammadi and given “a very precise model of Dr Ali Mohammadi's house and its whereabouts” in order “to be very well acquainted with the real situation of his assassination.” He also said that he practiced bombing in a military base near Tel Aviv.

The Iranian authorities said that further information about "Mossad's infiltration as well as the dismantling of its espionage networks and the plotting of our prominent scientist's assassination will be gradually revealed in due time."

Mohammadi is not the only Iranian nuclear scientist to have been killing by a bomb attack. Another senior scientist involved in Iran's nuclear activities, Majid Shahriari, was killed by a car bomb, while Fereydoon Abbasi Davani, also a nuclear expert, was injured in a similar assassination attempt.

Sources: BBC News, AFP, The Palestine Telegraph

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