Iranian Nuclear Scientists Attacked by Bombs, One Killed

In a bizarre coincidence, the day the WikiLeaks information about Iran's pariah status-and the world's fear of its nuclear ambitions--came out, two Iranian nuclear scientists affiliated with the state's program were attacked by remotely-detonated car bombs. The bombs were planted by assailants on motorcycles. One scientist was killed and one injured, while both men's wives were injured.

An earlier, similar attack, had killed another nuclear scientist last January. Iranian authorities have blamed all of the attacks on "terrorism" from the US and Israel.

According to the New York Times, "The killings prompted Iran’s nuclear chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, to warn the West and its allies not to “play with fire.” Both Mr. Salehi and President [Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad vowed that Tehran would not be deterred from expanding its nuclear project" 

Read more at the Times.

 

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at November 29, 2010, 5:44am

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