Iran's state-owned media said unidentified motorcyclists shot and
killed a nuclear physicist in front of his home in Teheran on July 23. The
scientist was identified as Darioush Rezae, 35, a professor at Mohaqeq
Ardebili Technical College and said to have been employed in Iran's nuclear
"The terrorists, who were riding a motorcycle, attacked the professor on
Bani Hashem Street in eastern Teheran," a police official was quoted by the
state-owned Mehr news agency said.
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Rezae was the second Iranian nuclear scientist killed in less than a
year. In November 2010, one scientist was killed and another was injured by
motorcyclists in Teheran. In January 2010, another nuclear scientist was
assassinated in a bomb attack.
"The police have launched an investigation into the incident," Mehr,
referring to the latest attack, said.
Iran has blamed Israel and the United States for the assassinations.
Officials said Jerusalem and Washington have also sought to contact Iranian
nuclear scientists and technicians and persuade them to defect to the West.