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Sticky Bomb Kills Iranian Nuke Scientist

by John Reed on November 29, 2010

The Scene of A Bombing That Killed an Iranian Nuclear Scientist

Well, the crazy spy vs Iranian nuke scientist saga continues. This weekend saw the assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist by what sounds like some sort of sticky bomb, (remember Saving Private Ryan?).

One scientist was killed and his wife wounded when their car was approached by attackers on motorcycles who somehow attached a bomb to his car before speeding away to detonate it. Another Iranian nuclear scientist and his wife were wounded in a similar, simultaneous attack. It turns out this isn’t the first time this has happened.

From the New York Times:

The attacks were similar to a bombing last January in which a remote-controlled bomb killed another physics professor, Masoud Ali Mohammadi, outside his home.

Naturally:

The Iranian authorities also blamed that attack on the United States and Israel, a charge the State Department dismissed as absurd.

Who knows who was behind it. Nevertheless, all this seems to be the latest in the game to keep Iran from getting nukes. Remember this very bizarre incident? One can only ask, do assassinations have an effect in persuading Iran to cut its nuclear ambitions or do they simply encourage Tehran to keep plugging away at building a nuke by making the government feel under siege?

Here’s the rest of the Times article.

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