Iran: We caught ring of assassins hired by Israel (JERUSALEM POST) By JPOST COM STAFF 06/15/12)
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Iranian security forces on Thursday announced the arrest of a ring of
assassins which it says were responsible for the recent killings of
nuclear scientists, Iranian media reported. Police also sought to
directly tie the suspects to Israel, alleging that they were "hired
by an Israeli spy network," according to state news agency IRNA.
Tehran has in the past accused Israel of being behind the killings of
several of its nuclear scientists. In January, the Islamic state
blamed Israel when a nuclear scientist was killed by a bomb placed on
his car by a motorcyclist in Tehran.
The announcement marks the second wave of Iranian arrests of alleged
assassins in recent months. In April, Iran announced that it had
arrested several members of a "major terrorist group" over the
killing of nuclear scientists.
The Iranian Intelligence Ministry announced that the suspects were
responsible for the killing of Majid Shahriari, Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan
and Reza Qashqaei - all scientists allegedly working on Tehran´s
contentious nuclear program.
Iran alleged that western spy agencies responsible for carrying out
the nuclear assassinations collaborated with People´s Mujahedin of
Iran (MEK,) an exiled Iranian organization dedicated to overthrowing
the ruling regime and replacing it with a democratic, secular
Following the arrests, Iran announced its commitment to continue with
its efforts to bring to justice the "terrorists" who "martyred the
young scientists in cold-blooded murder," IRNA reported.
Tensions are running high between Iran and Israel, which has not
ruled out a military strike on the Islamic Republic if diplomatic
efforts fail to resolve a row over Tehran´s disputed nuclear program.
Reuters contributed to this story. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post
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