Iran nuclear expert killed, Israel blamed

2012-01-11 11:39

Tehran - An Iranian nuclear scientist was killed by a bomb placed on his car by a motorcyclist in Tehran on Wednesday, and a city official blamed Israel for the attack, similar to attacks on nuclear scientists just over a year ago.

Fars news agency identified the victim as Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan, a 32-year-old graduate of an oil industry university. It said he had supervised a department at Iran's Natanz uranium enrichment facility. Iran's atomic energy organisation said it would issue a statement shortly.

"The bomb was a magnetic one and the same as the ones previously used for the assassination of the scientists, and the work of the Zionists [Israelis]," Fars quoted Deputy Tehran Governor Safarali Baratloo as saying.

Witnesses said they had seen two people on the motorbike fix the bomb to the car. As well as the person killed in the car, a pedestrian was also killed. Another person in the car was gravely injured, they said.

Two daylight bomb attacks on the same day in Tehran in November 2010 killed one nuclear scientist and wounded another.

'Unnatural' events

Iran then blamed Israeli, British and US intelligence for the attacks, which it said were aimed at assassinating key people working on Iran's nuclear programme.

Iran denies Western suspicions that its nuclear programme has military goals, saying it is for purely peaceful purposes.

There was no immediate word from Israeli officials. Israel has always declined comment on previous such bombings in Iran.

On Tuesday, Israel's military chief of staff, Lieutenant-General Benny Gantz, was quoted as saying that Iran should expect more "unnatural" events in 2012.

His comments, to a closed-door parliamentary panel in Jerusalem, were widely interpreted as alluding to previous acts of sabotage.

"For Iran, 2012 is a critical year in combining the continuation of its nuclearisation, internal changes in the Iranian leadership, continuing and growing pressure from the international community and things which take place in an unnatural manner," Gantz was quoted as saying.

  • Blade - 2012-01-11 11:42

    A taste of ones own medicine?

      Andrew - 2012-01-11 12:15

      What medicine ?

      Jaba - 2012-01-11 12:22

      What a terrible waste of an automobile!!

      kenneth.mthethwa - 2012-01-11 12:23

      What medicine?

      rbczovczov - 2012-01-11 13:36

      Israel needs to attack and destroy the Iranian Nuclear facilities already. Time for action is running out before its too late. Iran with nuclear capability is dangerous for the whole world.

      GWS - 2012-01-11 14:24

      The medicine of ridding the world of countries that have raving mad leaders that sabre-rattle the big boys when they can barely countrol their own affairs. Methinks this was a combined US-Israeli op.

      Barry - 2012-01-11 19:35

      USA Terrorism at is best !!

      Celtis - 2012-01-12 16:02

      I’m starting to export plastic body cars to Iran from tomorrow. If that fails I’m exporting Teflon coated cars since nothing sticks to Teflon (except the pan).

  • Garth - 2012-01-11 12:03

    Are the Israelis really that stupid? Methinks not. Probably some Iranian religious dissident, loyal to either the khomeni or amadhajinedad, and I do not care whether I have spelt them incorrectly or not.

      Graziella - 2012-01-11 12:08

      No, but arrogant and brazen in their state terrorism in the deluded belief that their actions carry no consequences.

      Peter - 2012-01-11 12:26

      Garth not to worry about the spelling, his name is oh my dinnerjacket, but he is just another waste of space iranian anyway

      jody.beggs - 2012-01-11 12:39

      @Flowingriver . So your waiting for world war III , that's nice hope you and your kind get a hand-full of mustard gas.

      bad spike - 2012-01-11 12:58

      @flowingriver. you are a stupid arrogant brainless islamist. Did you ever wonder what would happen if Israel retaliated.

      Tom - 2012-01-11 13:40

      The Iranians will NOT nuke Israel....they have already stated that the pursuit of Nuclear Arms is contrary ot their faith......and the UN Atomic Agency have 24 hour live cameras at the Iranian facilities so whats the big deal if they want to seek alternative energy sources? Is such progress only reserved for a select people/s of the Human race who are deemed to be genetically more responsible?

      Tom - 2012-01-11 14:02

      @ do not make sense.......''some iranian religious dissident, loyal to either khomeni or amadhajinedad'' To be an Iranian dissident, you CANNOT be loyal to the 2 leaders you mention.....

      Tom - 2012-01-11 15:50

      Why so many Thumbs down? Garth is sayin ''some Iranian religious dissident, loyal to either the khomeni or amadhajinedad'' In order to be an Iranian dissident, you CANNOT be loyal to these two mentioned just does not make sense people......its simple be regarded as an Iranian dissident, you need to be DISLOYAL to khomeni or amadhajinedad

      Juan - 2012-01-11 17:13

      This is clearly an Isreali/ CIA act. The covert route is probably best to avoid a massive loss of life.

      Juan - 2012-01-11 17:14

      @Flowingriver be carefull what you wish for

      Garth - 2012-01-12 13:26

      Um Tom, to clarify: a dissident is a person who actively challenges an established doctrine, policy, or institution.(Wikipedia) Now Amadinejihad and the ayatollah are at loggerheads and are, quietly so that graziella and muedes do not hear them, tearing iran apart theologically. So, if the dissident is loyal to the one, he is then disloyal(your word) to the other. Catch up will you. Quickly now.

      Warren - 2012-01-12 16:14

      Israeli's usually are a lot more precise. Yes they have a well documented history of assassinations but this is just too sloppy. However, this is the number one site (News 24) for jumping to conclusions.

  • Dirk - 2012-01-11 12:05

    Iran has declared war on Israel through their murderous international terrorst "president", Ahmedhinejad, and their actions are fully justified. In fact, they should intensify their actions. They have an obligation to protect their people

      Peter - 2012-01-11 12:27

      Israel bring it on, nuke these bastards before they do it to you

      jody.beggs - 2012-01-11 12:41

      @Dirk. Intensifying their actions will only bring world war III closer , do you really want that ? both sides need to take a break.

  • Johan - 2012-01-11 12:14

    One day Israel will pay for everything they have done.

      Peter - 2012-01-11 12:29


      Johan - 2012-01-11 12:43

      Peter, that may be true regarding Iran, but not Palestine. Most of the world despise Israel for what they are doing in Palestine. (America excluded, but they are just a bunch of hypocrites.)

      jody.beggs - 2012-01-11 12:46

      @Johan. Its called self defense.

      Saksak Motsepe - 2012-01-11 12:59

      Yes Johan even South Africans like me despise those people from Israel. They will pay

      Saksak Motsepe - 2012-01-11 13:01

      @jody.beggs that is the most stupid comment I've read so far today

      Johan - 2012-01-11 13:04

      Jody, the ANC was also labled as terrorists. And they were also killed and locked up in "self defense". But what Israel is doing to the people in Palestine is much, MUCH worse than apartheid ever was. I don't understand how any sane person can support them.

      Tom - 2012-01-11 13:36

      Our own honourable Nelson Mandela was also labelled a Terrorist......yet he forgave his oppressor and did not go the route of burning this country to the ground and in fact actually left the ill gotten wealth in the hands of the Oppressor! The Palestinians do not want the immigrant Iraelis to go back into the sea from where the came.....all they want is the right of return of the thousands of palestinians expelled in 1948 and 1967 and the right to return to their rightful homes.....and yes they were expelled....they did not choose to simply leave their homes to go live in squatter camps accross the border!

      Dirk - 2012-01-11 13:55

      We dont regard those who are part of the corrupt alliance in SA, as part of the civilized world. One can understand their support for the corrupt palestinian authority, as with their alliance to BRICS, CORRUPTION SUPREME! Your opinion is totally irrelevant.

      Tom - 2012-01-11 14:16

      @ Dirk....whats so wrong with BRICS? All BRICS are is a group of countries trying to forge an economic path forward.....

      jody.beggs - 2012-01-11 14:16

      @Saksak Motsepe. Not as bad as yours , Jews are highly sensitive since World War II , can you blame them ? @Johan I don't support either side but can clearly see when someone is provoked into an attack.

      GWS - 2012-01-11 14:29

      Na Israel will be the last country standing in the Middle East. It's the Islamist countries that are imploding on themselves. Just take a look on Aljazeera.

      Tom - 2012-01-11 14:34

      @ GWS....what you call ''imploding'' is actually the '' Arab Spring'' where Arab peoples are breaking the shackles placed on them by their puppet Authoritarian Dicatators and Kings.....Democracy is flourishing and soon the will of the people will be respected.

      Jaba - 2012-01-11 15:13

      you call that Arab Spring?? more like Arab winter...

      Tom - 2012-01-11 15:53

      @ Jaba......I guess it depends on how you look at it......your winter might be another mans Spring.... One mans Terrorist is another mans Freedom Fighter.......I guess that you still believe that the ANC as a Libeartion movement were and still are Terrorists?

      Johan - 2012-01-11 16:20

      Jody, yes, that is exactly what Israel does. Through their extreme oppression of the people in Palestine, they provoke an attack, only so that they can retaliate with massive force "in self defense".

      Dirk - 2012-01-12 16:24

      Tom- Officially, I know what BRICS are. They also happen to be a grouping of countries which have corruption central to their daily lives/philosophy.

  • Jaba - 2012-01-11 12:19

    Now thats the kind of news I like to drink my morning coffee to :)

      Jaba - 2012-01-11 13:36

      I have an 8 digit bank account balance... so ye, i can wake up when ever i want

      Tom - 2012-01-11 14:09

      Good for you Jaba.....thats why its easy to comment like you do sitting high up on Mount Olympus.

      Tom - 2012-01-11 16:51

      8 digit bank account.....very boastful indeed! Malema is coming......then let alone waking up late, you probably wont get any sleep!

      Jaba - 2012-01-12 07:26

      Most of my assets are already in Toronto, but thanks for the advise

  • Tom - 2012-01-11 12:20

    And this is NOT terrorism???? No! Its a ''targeted killing'' or a pre-emptive measure to save the lives of millions from the forces of darkness.....just like the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is justified right until today!

      Johan - 2012-01-11 12:35

      The Christian and Muslim people from Palestine do not have the technological means to do "targeted killing". But considering all the horrible things Israel have been doing to them, it is entirely justified for them to want to fight back too.

      Saksak Motsepe - 2012-01-11 12:57

      Yes they must fight back. They can't allow Iranian lives to be disrespected by sneaky murders

      Jaba - 2012-01-11 14:04 Muslims are ordered to hate and kill Christians in Palestine!

      Jaba - 2012-01-11 14:58

      Christians under Siege in Gaza - World Silent!!! plz watch

  • David - 2012-01-11 12:27

    what is a peaceful nucleur programme?

      jody.beggs - 2012-01-11 12:49

      One with no bombs.

      Saksak Motsepe - 2012-01-11 12:55


      thabelorale - 2012-01-11 13:02

      The one for power generation (nuclear power generation). Many countries use it. South Africa will have to resort to nuclear power generation too very soon.

      Johan - 2012-01-11 13:12

      Wow. Even heard of Koeberg? Electricity?

      Thabo - 2012-01-11 13:12

      Its a nuclear programme were uranium is enriched and used in a nuclear reactor in order to generate electricity.Just like we do at Koeberg!

      Saksak Motsepe - 2012-01-11 13:16

      A peaceful nuclear programme is one where you allow the US, UK, Israel to supervise what you doing so that they can make sure that you don't make bombs. Iran doesn't want supervisors therefore they claim that Iran is not peaceful.

      Deon - 2012-01-11 13:42

      If they have nothing to hide, why not allow observers & talks?

  • The-Azanian - 2012-01-11 12:29

    This is how the world war 3 tag teams will be, israel+us+partly europe versus russia+iran+venezuela-cuba+china. and loser useless africa, middle-east, latin-america & indo region will spectate on the fence the birth of our new rulers.

  • Johan - 2012-01-11 12:40

    is this going to be the beginning of something bigger ?

      Juan - 2012-01-11 17:21

      Let's hope not Johan

  • Howard - 2012-01-11 12:40

    Was this the same motorcyclist, that was present at the murder of Princess Diana?

  • brett.susan - 2012-01-11 12:41

    Isreal...gotta love those guys. Brilliant!

      Johan - 2012-01-11 12:48


      Saksak Motsepe - 2012-01-11 12:54

      Evil Cowards

      Tom - 2012-01-11 14:47

      I am sure you love them and must wonder sometimes why the old Krokodil did not do more here....

      Dirk - 2012-01-12 16:29

      They died for their nuke program- why call them cowards?

  • magomarele - 2012-01-11 12:49

    These people can't fight foever. At some stage they need to have some truce. Viva S.A. and our great man, Mandela.

      Tom - 2012-01-11 16:54

      Comrade.......most of the people commenting here do not share your view and neither do they appreciate what Mandela did for them......or rather what he he saved this country from!

      Juan - 2012-01-11 17:35

      I if all countries' leaders could have the mentality of Madiba or Ghandi there would be no wars.

  • Deon - 2012-01-11 13:03

    We should not be surprised if another Middle East war starts soon. No one wins when people dies from both sides.

      Charles - 2012-01-11 13:36

      And they took off their shoes to run away from the Israilis

      Dirk - 2012-01-12 16:33

      I remember that. The Israelis were outnumbered 4000:1 yet they literally chased the Egyptians out of their army boots, which were lying all along the Suez Canal.

  • Tom - 2012-01-11 13:51

    Once again......Disgruntled South Africans standing up for Israel.....their last and only hope after the walls of apartheid came crashing down......

      Tom - 2012-01-11 14:11

      The last great hope in a sea of darkness.......

      Charles - 2012-01-11 14:27


      Tom - 2012-01-11 14:45

      The 25 Thumbs Down just proves my point! First it was die ''swart gevaar''! Die Rooi gevaar was Russia.....Nou is dit die Arabiese! Who next?

      Graziella - 2012-01-11 15:10

      The Aliens!

      Johan - 2012-01-11 16:37

      Exactly. I expected South Africans to know better, considering our history with apartheid. But I am very dissapointed to see so many still supporting Israel.

      Tom - 2012-01-11 17:13

      Hey Johan.......Many, not all, of the previously advantaged South Africans still dream of the days of the past......of Botha, Verwoed.....a lost Utopia.

      Juan - 2012-01-11 17:23

      @Tom speak for yourself

      Dirk - 2012-01-12 16:35

      The demise of apartheid yes, followed by the "New SA", within 6 yrs. Or are you really so blind?

  • elistoned - 2012-01-11 14:07

    and the root cause of all these problems? the foolhardy belief in some cockamamie deity who tells one side to kill the other and the other to retaliate in kind. religion will be the end of human civilization... using whatever "god" as the justification for violent murderous tendencies towards one another is utterly pathetic. and what's worse, is that enlightened TRUTH seeking individuals get caught in the crossfire. there is no god, there is no mohammed, there is no budha, there is no flying spaghetti monster in the sky...

      Tom - 2012-01-11 14:40

      Yes there did live a Mohammed pbuh and there was a Buddha pbuh! You are incorrect by saying is fact of history......

      Tom - 2012-01-11 15:57

      All the Thumbs Down? Come now people, its can you deny a factual part of History.....Both Mohamed pbuh and Buddha pbuh did in fact walk this earth.......

      Johan - 2012-01-11 16:43

      Yea, let's not even go there. But isn't it ironic that it is the theists who have the most hatred for others. Thank God I am an atheist. :-)

      Tom - 2012-01-11 17:14

      @ Johan.......LMAO!

      Dirk - 2012-01-12 16:39

      I could tell just by your "opinions" Telling others that you are delusional, is superfluous.

  • braamc - 2012-01-11 14:21

    Good, get rid of the key people and not innocent people through war

      Juan - 2012-01-11 17:24

      The old saying hey, cut of the head of the snake

  • subculturestrain - 2012-01-11 16:15

    You guys are being so duped by the western media it's not even funny. I'm not even gonna back up the claim I just made because it's just too obvious.

  • subculturestrain - 2012-01-11 16:17

    You guys are being so duped by the western media it's not even funny. I'm not even gonna back up the claim I just made because it's just too obvious.

  • Tom - 2012-01-11 17:17

    Whose next on the professors, high school science teachers....hell, they might even go after the poor lab rats!

      Barry - 2012-01-11 19:36

      Probably school girls. The USA does not care who dies

      Boaz - 2012-01-12 07:58

      Iraian underground resistance is responsile for these deaths, Israel doesn't need to kill anyone, their skills at computer viruses is so good they can cripple the Iranians with out a shot.

      Dirk - 2012-01-12 16:43

      I am hoping it would be misguided sympathisers living somewhere in banana republics around the world

  • Ryan - 2012-01-12 09:49


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