Report: Iran nuclear scientist killed in car bomb blast
Nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan was killed in the blast, the state-run IRNA news agency said.
January 11th, 2012
11:30 AM ET

Report: Iran nuclear scientist killed in car bomb blast

 A nuclear scientist was killed in a blast in Tehran on Wednesday morning, an Iranian news agency reported. It's the latest in a string of attacks that Iran has blamed on Israel.

A motorcyclist placed a magnetic bomb under Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan's Peugeot 405, the state-run IRNA news agency said. The blast also wounded two others, IRNA said.

State television channel Press TV reported later Wednesday that Roshan's driver, named as Reza Qashqaei, had died in a hospital from his injuries.

Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani condemned the attack and said it would not undermine Iran's resolve. "This is not the first time that arrogant powers adopt such futile measures," he said, according to Press TV.

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  1. BOMBO ©

    He knew too much.

    January 11, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      @BOMBO ©:

      Good morning.

      January 11, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    La di da di di
    La di da di da
    And the beat goes on.

    Of course they're going to blame Israel.

    January 11, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  3. New Yorker

    Awwwwhhh.....My heart bleeds for Reza Qashqaei....NOT !!!!

    January 11, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  4. BOMBO ©

    Morning banasy. Yes, but if these guys keep getting blown up by motorcycle assailants, it makes you wonder why Iran doesn't give them 24 hour protection. Same M.O., apparently about 4 times now. Could it be that the Revolutionary Government is taking these guys out and making them look like martyrs? Nah. It must be Mossad and the CIA.

    January 11, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      But of course.
      Easier that way.

      January 11, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Pete/Ark

      Nope....3rd party contract

      January 11, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Now this sounds like a classic CIA assasination. One jerk at a time.

    January 11, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  6. Portland tony

    The Iranians know who did. The Israelis certainly know who did it..The US is damned well sure or can make a good guess. And I know of 3 or 4 security guard s who wish they never were born.

    January 11, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    Mossad written all over it.
    Mossad Chief on 29th Dec." we are doing everything to foil Iran's nuclear programme........"
    An act of terrorism by agents of a country which possesses 200 nuclear war heads of its own.
    It has not been reported, which normally is, whether this scientist & his driver had any families. CNN speaking with its Turkish correspondent did say however that the scientist was working on research for treatment of cancer.

    January 11, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      Can you explain the reasons the Mossad would be willing to kill a scientist who was working on research for treatment of cancer? Good luck...

      January 11, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    La di da di di
    La di da di da
    And the beat goes on......

    January 11, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    @ Thinker23

    The same reason they have been killing Iranian nuclear scientists previously, no nuclear research of anykind.
    Last time they killed a scientist touted to be an expert in developing nuclear weapons. Turned out he was one of the world's leading experts on developing industrial diamonds with nuclear tech.
    Put fear in the scientist community, discourage them. Set back the development. Plenty of reasons.

    January 11, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      For starters, you did not PROVE that Mossad killed ANY nuclear scientist previously. This being said, the question remains: WHY would Mossad be willing to kill (or"discourage") Iranian scientists working on cancer treatment research?

      January 11, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    Why would Mossad kill Iranian nuclear scientists? lol
    Great question.

    January 11, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      The greatness of this question can only be exceeded by the greatness of your inability to answer it, genius.

      January 11, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Blind Flagwaver (armed with .99 cent plasticrap US flag made in China) slash/ avid Wal-Mart shpper

    IRAN is part of the axis of evil. Nuke 'em before they nuke US. Death to the Iranian scientists NOW. Mayhehaps they won't even be able to make nukes if we kill every scientist. We could do it. We got skills. Semper-Fi has the CIA's back.

    January 11, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. BOMBO ©

    I say again, it is fishy after about the 4th assassination (same method each time) that Iran does not protect these guys 24/7. Meanwhile Israel, a country that usually sends a TEAM to assassinate individuals, changing the methodology each time, is going to send one guy on a motorcycle with one car bomb each time? Sorry, I don't buy it.

    January 11, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I agree.
      Why *wouldn't* they put that kind of protection on them?
      There's something else at play here.

      January 11, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      Maybe a team was involved. But Iran is a relatively closed society. A team would stand out..and the more people involved ...more chance of failure. It doesn't take a team to attach a magnetic IED to a car.

      January 11, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      I'm not saying it's impossible that Mossad is involved. I just think it's fishy.

      I think it is more likely Iran does this to their own people. They may feel the need to remove an internal threat in their own program, then paints him as a martyr. Maybe the victims have expressed concerns about the program to their bosses, then are eliminated. Maybe they have access to sensitive information, did their jobs, and are no longer needed for further stages of the program.

      There is also a likelihood that they are victims of terrorist groups such as Jundallah, who have their own agenda and can operate more easily within Iran.

      January 11, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jh4dc5s Has your answers.

    January 11, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. saywhat

    Yes why mount a full fledged operation involving a team which could point right away at the country involved , when this M.O works. And then you are taking out an unarmed scientist not a combatant.

    January 11, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Philip

    Why would god's little helpers perform an assassination? Aren't assassinations condemned by god's chosen nation Israel?

    January 11, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mycology

      Gee, I wonder if you are in any way an unbiased and intelligent person. Nope, you're just a jew hater with blinders on who thinks iran should have nukes just because the US does.

      Let me guess, you also think prisoners should have guns because the prison guards do?

      January 12, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
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