Iran vows revenge over professor's death

Blames exiled opposition group, accusing it of acting on behalf of Israel and the U.S.


Associated Press
January 18, 2010 6:33PM (UTC)

Iran's interior minister is vowing to take revenge on Israel over the slaying last week of a physics professor in a mysterious bomb attack.

Iranian officials have blamed an exiled opposition group, accusing it of acting on behalf of Israel and the U.S. Washington denied involvement. Israel did not comment.

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Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar on Monday promised revenge on "Zionists" but did not elaborate.

The 50-year-old Tehran University professor, Masoud Ali Mohammadi, was killed when a bomb-rigged motorcycle exploded outside his home Jan. 12.

It remains unclear why the researcher with no prominent political voice, no published work with military relevance and no declared links to Iran's nuclear program was targeted.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's interior minister is vowing to take revenge on Israel over the slaying last week of a physics professor in a mysterious bomb attack.

Iranian officials have blamed an exiled opposition group, accusing it of acting on behalf of Israel and the U.S. Washington denied involvement. Israel did not comment.

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Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar on Monday promised revenge on "Zionists" but did not elaborate.

The 50-year-old Tehran University professor, Masoud Ali Mohammadi, was killed when a bomb-rigged motorcycle exploded outside his home Jan. 12.

It remains unclear why the researcher with no prominent political voice, no published work with military relevance and no declared links to Iran's nuclear program was targeted.


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