Iran Detains Suspects Behind Assassinations of Nuclear Scientists, Report Says

Semi-official Fars news agency cites Iranian Intelligence Ministry as reporting the arrest, withholding other details; Iran has accused Israel, U.S. of the killings.

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Iran's security forces have arrested suspects linked to the assassinations of two nuclear scientists, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Thursday.

According to the report, Iran's Intelligence Ministry indicated that the suspects were in detention, adding that the "details of the arrest will be made public after lapse of security precaution."

Iranian officials indicated to Fars that those arrested were involved in the assassination of nuclear scientists Majid Shahriari, who was killed in late 2010 and Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, targeted earlier this year.

A Fars report from 2010 claimed that Shahriari was assassinated after a bomb was attached to his car by assassins on motorcycles, with Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najar accusing the U.S. and Israeli intelligence services of carrying out the attack.

"The CIA and Mossad have always been the enemies of Iran and constantly tried to sabotage our technological progress," he told state television.

On January of this year, Iranian media reported that Roshan, a supervisor at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility, was also reportedly killed after a bomb was placed on his car by a motorcyclist in Tehran.

People carry the flag-draped body of slain Iranian physics professor, Massoud Ali Mohammadi in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010. Credit: AP