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Nature reports:

Last week’s assassination of an official working at Iran’s uranium-enrichment facility was worthy of a James Bond film: the 32-year-old was killed by a magnetic bomb placed on his car by a passing motorcyclist.

But the murder of Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan Behdast is unlikely to result in a neat filmic denouement. His death is the latest in a string of assassinations and other attacks seemingly aimed at Iran’s nuclear programme over the past few years.

Although experts agree that at least some of the killings are part of an organized foreign campaign to slow Iran’s efforts to enrich uranium, they are sceptical that the strategy will work.

A side-bar in the same article lists five Iranian scientists who have been targeted:

  1. Masoud Alimohammadi: Particle physicist at the University of Tehran, no link to nuclear programme. Killed 12 January 2010
  2. Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani: Senior nuclear scientist at defence ministry, now head of nuclear programme. Injured 29 November 2010
  3. Majid Shahriari: Nuclear physicist, possibly involved in nuclear programme. Killed 29 November 2010
  4. Dariush Rezaei-Nejad: Electrical-engineering student, no link to nuclear programme. Killed 23 July 2011
  5. Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan Behdast: Deputy director of marketing at Natanz uranium facility. Killed 11 January 2012

Written by Arhopala Bazaloides

January 18, 2012 at 5:57 pm

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