Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan's death on Wednesday 11th January 2012 brought the number of Iranian nuclear scientists killed in the past two years to 4. According to IRNA, the state-run Iranian news agency, a magnetic bomb was planted under his car which killed Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan as well as a passerby, while ‘gravely’ injuring another.
Iranian officials were quick to blame Zionists – pointing to Israel’s Mossad as the main culprit which is taking out its nuclear scientists. Independent sources aren’t also far away from the deduction with most of them pointing to Israel’s intelligence agency, Mossad, and the United States. The Secretary of State for the US, Hillary Clinton was quick to deny. "I want to categorically deny any United States involvement in any kind of act of violence inside Iran," she said.
Other observers were quick to point the finger back at Iran stating that those killed were just opposition members targeted by Ahmadinejad’s regime. Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations, Mohammad Khazaee released a statement in which he condemned the “cruel, inhumane and criminal acts of terrorism against the Iranian scientists." Adding that based on the evidence it was, “Similar to previous incidents, perpetrators used the same terrorist method in assassinating Iranian nuclear scientists”.
Whatever be the case, being a scientist is easily turning out to be the most dangerous career paths one could choose in Iran. in a covert war against Iran’s nuclear scientist the price of death is indeed very high. Saeed Kamali Dehghan writing for the Guardian has correctly called the covert war on Iran ‘illegal, dangerous’. Here are the four prominent Iranian scientists who have been assassinated by mysterious ‘acts of terrorism’ in the past two years:
Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan
Ahmadi Roshan was 32, a chemistry expert and a graduate of Sharif University in Tehran. He was working as a deputy director of Natanz uranium enrichment facility for commercial affairs.
Majid Shahriari, was assassinated in 2010 with the same methods as Ahmadi Roshan – by a magnetic bomb. He was a member of the nuclear engineering faculty at Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran and cooperated with the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran.
Fereydoun Abbasi Davani
Abbasi Davani survived the attack of 2010 which killed fellow scientist Majid Shahriari. He was at the time of his assassination, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization. Davani was reportedly with his wife when he was targeted using the magnetic bomb. The bomb wounded his wife, while Davani lost his life.
Massoud Ali Mohammadi
Killed in January 2010, Massoud Ali Mohammadi was a university professor and nuclear scientist who publically backed opposition leader Hossein Mousavi during the disputed Iranian elections of 2010. According to the state-run news agency IRNA, an Iranian by the name of Majid Jamali Fashi, was sentenced to death after confessing to the planting of the bomb that killed Mohammadi.