Aftermath of bomb explosion in Iran that targeted nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan. Iranian scientists have been targeted by the West for assassination., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
'Acts of terror not curbing Iran progress'
Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:36AM GMT
Iran's First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi has condemned the latest terrorist attack against the country, insisting that acts of terror cannot halt the Islamic Republic's progress in scientific fields.
A car bomb explosion in northern Tehran killed yet another Iranian nuclear scientist and wounded two bystanders on Wednesday.
The victim, identified as Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, was a chemical engineering graduate of Iran's prominent Sharif University of Technology and served as marketing deputy of Iran's Natanz nuclear installation.
Today, those that claim to fight terrorism are targeting Iranian scientists with terror attacks. However, they should realize that our scientists will take firmer steps towards the ideals of the Islamic Republic and further scientific advancement with determination, said Rahimi on Wednesday.
The terrorist incident was carried out by elements of the global arrogance and the Israeli regime and all those pretending to fight terrorism, he added.
The vice president emphasized that assassination of a scientist is a betrayal of science and technology.
Rahimi said such measures represent a clear instance of state terrorism and emphasized that the Iranian nation would undoubtedly bring disgrace to the enemy.
An investigation is underway over the assassination of Ahmadi Roshan.
Witnesses say they spotted a motorcyclist attaching a sticky bomb to a car near a college of the Allameh Tabatabaei University in the Iranian capital on Wednesday.
Wednesday's terror bombing bears the hallmark of a 2010 terror attack that killed Majid Shahriari, another university professor, in Tehran.
On November 29, 2010, unidentified terrorists slapped adhesive bombs onto the vehicles of Iranian university professors Majid Shahriari and Fereydoun Abbasi and detonated them.
Professor Shahriari was killed immediately, but Dr. Abbasi, the current director of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, and his wife sustained minor injuries and were rushed to a hospital.
On December 2, 2010, the Iranian Intelligence Ministry announced that the Israeli Mossad, the American CIA, and the British MI6 all played a role in those attacks.