(TEHRAN, Iran) — A scientist who worked at one of Iran’s sensitive nuclear sites was killed in a targeted bomb attack in Tehran Wednesday morning, state media reports.
According to Fars New Agency, an unidentified motorcyclist planted a magnetic bomb on the car of Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan, the deputy director at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility, killing him and injuring two others.
An Iranian official has blamed Israel for the attack.
“The bomb was a magnetic bomb similar to the bombs that were earlier used for the assassination of [Iranian] scientists and actually the job was done by the Zionists,” Tehran’s Deputy Gov. Safar Ali Baratlo told Far News Agency.
Wednesday’s incident comes amid increasing tension between Iran and the West, who worries that Iran is getting closer to building a nuclear weapon. As a result, the U.S. and other nations have slapped political and economic sanctions on the country. Iran has responded by threatening to cut off oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz.
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