This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
On Monday, the Iranian capital was the scene of two attempts on the lives of nuclear scientists, one of which was successful. Two separate explosions also injured both scholars’ wives and a driver according to official news outlets. The IRNA, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported that the slain scientist, Majid Shahriari, was a member of the nuclear engineering team at the Shahid Behesti University in Tehran. Nuclear physicist Fereidoun Abbasi was seriously injured.
According to the story, the assassins, riding motorcycles, tossed bombs at — or attached them to — vehicles of the two Shahid Behesti University professors as they drove with their spouses en route to work between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. Tehran police chief Hossein Sajednia was quoted as saying by the semi-official Fars news agency, "A Pulsar motorbike drove close to Dr. Shahriari’s car and stuck a bomb on his car which after a few seconds exploded."
Iranian officials have said that no one has claimed responsibility for the attacks and no arrests have been made.
At least two other Iranian nuclear scientists have been killed in recent years in what Iran has alleged is part of a covert attempt by the West to damage its nuclear programme. Iran insists its atomic programme is purely peaceful, but suspicions that it is seeking nuclear weapons have led to the imposition of several rounds of international sanctions by the UN, EU and the US.
On January 12, 2010, another nuclear scientist, Massoud Ali Mohammadi was killed in Teheran. He was blown up outside his home in a northern suburb of Tehran by a remote-control bomb that had been attached to a motorcycle parked on the street. There was no doubt this was a professional assassination.
The latest documents disclosed over the weekend have shown some surprising attitudes on the part of Middle-East rulers towards Iran with some lobbying the U.S. to launch air strikes against Iran’s nuclear facilities.
The King of Bahrain was quoted as telling US diplomats that Tehran’s nuclear drive "must be stopped".
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia apparently urged Washington to "cut off the head of the snake" while there was still time.
Who did this?
Are enemies of the state trying to forestall Iran’s nuclear ambitions? So far, nobody has claimed responsibility but there can be no doubt of the degree of professionalism in these actions. The question is whether these enemies are external or possibly internal. While the official line of the Iranian regime is to blame the United States and Israel, WikiLeaks has now shown that Iran has enemies within its neighbours.
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