Iranian nuclear scientist linked to opposition is killed by bomb
Authorities blame 'triangle of Zionist regime, the US and their mercenaries'
An Iranian nuclear physicist with ties to the reformist movement led by Mir Hossein Moussavi, the opposition leader, was killed by a bomb near his home yesterday.
Dr Moussad Ali-Mohammadi was leaving his house for work at Tehran University when the bomb, attached to a motorcycle, went off, killing him instantly.
Iranian authorities blamed exiled opposition movements working on behalf of America and Israel, a charge denied by Washington.
They drew parallels with the disappearance of a scientist attached to the country's nuclear programme while on a pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. The authorities said he was kidnapped and handed over to the Americans.
Dr Ali-Mohammadi's academic work was highly theoretical and the Iranian Atomic Energy Agency said he had no connection with it.
Opposition movement supporters said he was on a list of 240 academic backers of Mr Moussavi published before last year's disputed election.
Last spring, he attended the wedding of Mehdi Shirzad, whose father is a prominent member of the opposition Participation Front, and who was arrested last September. The front was active in Mr Moussavi's election campaign in June.
Dr Ali-Mohammadi is thought to have gone on to become more active, speaking out against the regime with students. According to one report he attended an anti-government rally.
"One can see in preliminary investigations signs of evilness by the triangle of the Zionist regime, America and their mercenaries in Iran in this terrorist incident," a foreign ministry spokesman said.
Investigators immediately pointed to his nuclear research work. "Given the fact that Massoud Ali-Mohammadi was a nuclear scientist, the CIA and Mossad services and agents are most likely have had a hand in it," Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi, Tehran's chief prosecutor, said.
The US State Department spokesman described charges of US involvement as "absurd". (© Daily Telegraph, London)