Iranian Nuclear Scientist Killed in Bomb Blast outside Home: Reports

A nuclear physics professor was killed when a bomb blast occurred outside his home in Iran’s capital, Tehran, said media reports.

Officials were quoted as saying by Voice of America that Dr Massoud Ali Mohammadi, who was a nuclear scientist and professor at Tehran University, died on Tuesday when a bomb-rigged motorbike went off outside his home.

The explosion occurred in the northern Tehran neighbourhood of Qeytariyeh, the Iranian state television said.

Nobody has been arrested in the case so far, an Iranian prosecutor was quoted as saying. However, the state television has blamed the blast on US and Israeli agents.

The Voice of America reported that it is still not known whether Mohammadi was connected to Iran’s nuclear programme, which the West and the US doubt is aimed at developing nuclear weapon. Iran insists its nuclear work is for peaceful purposes only.

The state television report describes Mohammadi as a supporter of the 1979 Islamic Revolution that brought the Islamic clerics to power.

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