While the world is shaken by the publication of documents revealing the extent of world leaders' concern over the Iranian nuclear program, The Islamic Republic reported Monday that "Zionist" agents attempted to assassinate two senior scientists in Tehran. One was killed, and the other injured, it was reported.
The Iranian state television website claimed "Zionist agents attempted to assassinate two senior lecturers and scientists in a terrorist attack, while they were leaving their workplace along with their families.
"Iran's enemies resort to terror in light of the inefficient sanctions and pressure mounted on the Iranian people," stated the report.
According to the report, the assassination took place at 7:45 am when two men mounted on motorcycles attached a bomb to Dr. Majid Shahriari's vehicle; he was killed instantly by the blast, and his wife was injured.
Scene of explosion in Tehran (Photo: Fars News Agency)
Another explosion injured Dr. Fridun Abbasi and his wife. ISNA news agency reported the two were in stable condition.
The alleged assassination plot took place near the capital's Shahid Beheshti University, where the two served as physics lecturers.
According to Global Security website, Shahriari specialized in enrichment procedures and was a member of the Atomic Energy Association of Iran. Abbasi and Shahriari were both part of the nuclear scientists association's management team.
The association was established by the Iranian Defense Ministry in an effort to promote the Islamic Republic's military nuclear project. Abbasi was also a member of the Revolutionary Guards.
Earlier this year, Prof. Massoud Mohammadi, a scientist and physics lecturer at Tehran University was killed in similar circumstances when a demolition charge exploded at the entrance to his house.
Iranian Authorities accused Israel and the United States of the operation and promised to avenge his death.
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