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IAEA chief: Syrian nuke probe figure killed
Chief UN nuclear inspector says official participating in his agency's probe of an alleged atomic program assassinated, apparently referring to Brig. Gen. Mohammed Suleiman

The chief UN nuclear inspector says a Syrian official participating in his agency's probe of an alleged covert atomic program in the country has been assassinated.

 

Mohamed ElBaradei, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, gave no names or any other details in his comments Thursday.

 

But he appeared to be referring to the killing of Brig. Gen. Mohammed Suleiman last month, which was subsequently confirmed by the Syrian government.

 

Arab media have said Suleiman was killed by a sniper on a yacht at a beach resort in the northern port city of Tartous.

 

The IAEA is trying to follow up on US assertions that a Syrian site bombed last year by Israel was a nearly finished reactor that could produce plutonium once activated.

 

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