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Bomb blast kills Iranian nuclear physicist

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Bomb blast kills Iranian nuclear physicist


A remote-controlled bomb has killed a high-ranking nuclear scientist in Iran. The Islamic Republic is pointing the finger of blame at arch-foes the United States and Israel.

State television said a booby-trapped motorbike killed Massoud Mohammadi near his home in Tehran. The 50-year old was a professor in neutron physics at the city’s university.

His death comes as major international powers prepare to discuss possible new sanctions against Iran over its nuclear ambitions.

Today, the country’s Foreign Ministry said there were signs of Israeli and US involvement in the blast.

There is confusion over Massoud Mahommadi’s political leanings.

Described by the state broadcaster as a supporter of the Iranian revolution, his name is said to have appeared on a list of academics backing opposition leader Mir Hossein Moussavi in June’s presidential election.

Universities have been the scene of pro-reform and pro-government protests since the disputed poll.

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