Report: Tehran Car Bomb Kills Iranian Nuclear Scientist

Semi-official Fars news agency reports that Ahmadi Roshan, 32, supervised department at Natanz uranium enrichment facility in Isfahan; Tehran official blames Israel for bombing.

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Iranian media reported Wednesday that a nuclear scientist was killed by a bomb placed on his car by a motorcyclist in Tehran.

According to the semi-official Fars news agency, Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, 32, supervised a department at Natanz uranium enrichment facility in Isfahan province.

An image grab taken from footage broadcast by Iran's state-run Arabic-language Al-Alam TV on January 11, 2012, shows blood stains at the site where a nuclear scientist was killed.Credit: AFP

Fars cited witnesses as saying a motorcyclist stuck a magnetic bomb on the side of the car which then exploded, killing one and wounding two people inside.

Deputy Governor Safarali Baratloo blamed Israel for the bombing, saying it was similar to ones targeting nuclear scientists a year ago.

Ahmadi Roshan's car following the explosion in Tehran, January 11, 2012.Credit: Fars News Agency

"The bomb was a magnetic one and the same as the ones previously used for the assassination of the scientists, and is the work of the Zionists [Israelis]" Fars quoted Baratloo as saying.

The attack coincided with the second anniversary of a explosion that killed senior Iranian nuclear scientist Majid Shahriari.

Several Iranian nuclear scientists have been assassinated in recent years. Tehran has blamed the killings on Israel and the U.S. Both countries deny the accusations.

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