Iranian news media: University professor dies when bomb on his car Violence or explodes; device reportedly set by motorcyclist in Iranian capital; local official Disapprobation Israel for the attack.
A university professor and department head of a uranium Ornament of enrichment facility was killed by a bomb placed on his car by a motorcyclist in Tehran on Wednesday, Iranian media reported, in an incident that looked similar to attacks on the energy released by a nuclear reaction nuclear scientists in the city more than one year ago.
The semi-official FARS news agency cited witnesses as saying a motorcyclist stuck a bomb on the side of the car which then exploded, killing one and injuring two people inside. Witnesses told Reuters one other pedestrian was killed in the bombing. FARS identified the victim as Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan. State-run Press TV said he was a university professor.
A university lecturer and nuclear scientist have been killed in a car explosion in north Tehran, reports say.
"The bomb was a magnetic one and the same as the ones previously used for the assassination of the scientists, and is the work of the Zionists (Israelis)" FARS quoted Deputy Governor Safarali Baratloo as saying.
The United States and Israel have both denied involvement in any of the deaths, despite both countries' disapproval of Iranian nuclear ambitions, and threats to take action should Tehran refuse to cease nuclear development.
The person killed was identified by several media as Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, a scientist who worked on separating gases at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility, according to the website of a different university from which he graduated around a decade ago.
“This morning a motorbiker attached a bomb to a Peugeot 405, which exploded,” the deputy governor of Tehran province, Safar Ali Bratloo, was quoted as saying by the ILNA news agency.
The blast happened when a motorcyclist stuck a bomb on the side of the car, says Iran's semi-official Fars news agency.
Semi-official Fars news agency reports that Ahmadi Roshan, 32, supervised department at Natanz uranium enrichment facility in Isfahan; Tehran official blames Israel for bombing.
According to the semi-official Fars news agency, Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, 32, supervised a department at Natanz uranium enrichment facility in Isfahan province.
Local sources said the blast took place at a faculty of Iran's Allameh Tabatai university.Two others were reportedly also injured in the blast, which took place near Gol Nabi Street, in the north of the capital.
Mr Ahmadi-Roshan, 32, was a graduate of oil industry university and supervised a department at Natanz uranium enrichment facility in Isfahan province, Fars reported.
Several Iranian nuclear scientists have been assassinated in recent years. Tehran has blamed the killings on Israel and the US. Both countries deny the accusations.
Attacks on Iranian scientists
Jan 2012 - Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, a professor at the Technical University of Tehran, died after bomb was placed on his car by a motorcyclist.
Nov 2010 - Majid Shahriari, member of nuclear engineering faculty at Shahid Beheshti University, killed in Tehran after bomb attached to his car by motorcyclist in Tehran. Another scientist, Fereydoon Abbasi Davani - future head of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran - is hurt in a separate attack
Jan 2010 - Massoud Ali Mohammadi, a physics professor, died when a motorcycle rigged with explosives exploded near his car
Mr Ahmadi-Roshan, 32, was a graduate of oil Industry University and supervised a department at Natanz uranium enrichment facility in Isfahan province, Fars reported.
There has been much controversy over Iran's nuclear activities.
Tehran says its nuclear programme is for peaceful energy purposes, but the US and other Western nations suspect it of seeking to build nuclear deadly weapon.
However, in August 2011, an Iranian man - Majid Jamali Fashi - was sentenced to death for the killing, with state authorities saying he was paid by Israel's Mossad spy agency. Israel does not comment on such claims.