Iran says scientist killers linked to Israel arrested (AFP) AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE) 06/14/12)
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Iran on Thursday said it arrested a number of chief suspects in the
assassinations of two of its nuclear scientists in the past two
years, and claimed they were linked to Israel.
A statement from the intelligence ministry, published by state media,
said "the main elements behind the killings... were arrested and
moved to detention" following an investigation of at least 18 months
involving surveillance in Iran and abroad.
It provided no details as to the number of suspects, their identities
or nationalities, or when or where they were arrested. But it
promised further information would be made public once it was
The ministry said the suspects were believed to be involved in the
murders of Majid Shahriari, a key member of Iran´s Atomic Energy
Organisation, on November 29, 2010, and Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, a
deputy director of the Natanz nuclear enrichment facility, and his
bodyguard on January 11, 2012.
Those men were killed when unidentified assailants on motorbikes
attached limpet-style bombs to their cars in peak-hour Tehran traffic.
Iranian officials have previously blamed the Israeli and US
intelligence services for those and two other murders of Iranian
scientists carried out since 2010.
Israel has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in the killings.
Washington strongly denied complicity in assassinating Roshan.
Iran last month hanged an Iranian man, Majid Jamali Fashi, convicted
of being a "Mossad spy" and the killer of nuclear scientist Masoud
Ali Mohammadi, who died in a bomb attack outside his home in January
Tehran from time to time announces the arrest of suspected Israeli or
US spies, but provides little or no public evidence supporting the
accusations. (Copyright © 2012 Agence France Presse. 06/14/12)
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