Iran blasts kill one nuclear scientist, wounds another

Mon Nov 29, 2010 12:52pm GMT

By Parisa Hafezi

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Two car bomb blasts killed an Iranian nuclear scientist and wounded another in Tehran on Monday in what Iranian officials called an Israeli or U.S.-sponsored attack on its atomic programme.

The bombings, rare attacks in the Iranian capital, occurred ahead of a possible meeting between Iran and major powers next month to discuss its nuclear activity, which Western officials suspect is aimed at developing atom bombs. Iran denies this.

In the past few months, the Islamic Republic has arrested a number of alleged "nuclear spies," warning citizens against leaking information to foreign secret services.

"Majid Shahriyari was martyred and his wife was injured ... Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani and his wife were both wounded," state radio said, referring to the two scientists. "The attackers planted a bomb on each of the teachers' vehicles."

Abbas-Davani has been personally subjected to U.N. sanctions because of what Western officials said was his involvement in suspected nuclear weapons research. He was "not seriously injured in the blast," the semi-official Mehr news agency said.

Iran's atomic energy agency chief Ali Akbar Salehi said Shahriyari had a role in one of its biggest nuclear projects, but did not elaborate, the official news agency IRNA reported.

Salehi warned enemies not to "play with fire" by carrying out such attacks. "Our nation's patience has a limit ... When it is over our enemies will face a tedious fate," Salehi said, as quoted by IRNA.

"Dr Shahriyari was my student for many years and he had good cooperation with the Atomic Energy Organisation."   Continued...

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