Iran nuclear scientist killed in blast

The window of a car is shattered after a bomb blast killed Massoud Ali Mohammadi, in front of his house, in northern Tehran's Qeytariyeh neighbourhood. (AP)

Iranian nuclear scientist Massoud Ali Mohammadi was killed yesterday in a rare bomb attack in Tehran, which the foreign ministry blamed on "mercenaries" in the pay of archfoes the United States and Israel.

The killing comes amid an increasingly bitter standoff between Iran and world powers over Tehran's controversial nuclear drive, which the West suspects is masking an atomic weapons programme.

Mohammadi, a particle physics professor at the prestigious Tehran University, died when a bomb strapped to a motorcycle was triggered by remote control outside his home in northern Tehran, state media said.

"One can see in preliminary investigations signs of evilness by the triangle of the Zionist regime, America and their mercenaries in Iran in this terrorist incident," foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said.

 

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