Iran arrests "Israeli agents" involved in scientist’s assassination (UPDATE-2)
A background of the scientist's murder added (the first version was posted at 14:52)
Iran disclosed the network of Israeli spies, who are responsible for the murder of nuclear scientist Massoud Ali-Mohammadi, the Iranian news agency ILNA reported with reference to the Iranian Intelligence Ministry.
"The Iranian Intelligence Forces managed to identify and arrest main agents involved in the terror attempt and dismantled a network of spies and terrorist group linked to Zionist regime, following large-scale security measures and meticulous intelligence observations," the ministry reported.
The statement also added that the country's security services found vital and sensitive intelligence on Mossad's operational and spying teams, and had inflicted heavy damages to Zionist regime's security structures.
The Iranian Intelligence Forces were able to disclose the agents as a result of an investigation that was conducted several months after the murder of the scientist.
One of the leading Iranian experts on nuclear physics Masood Ali-Mohammadi was killed in Jan. 2010 as a result of a bomb explosion near his home in Tehran. The bomb was attached to a motorcycle parked nearby and appeared to be remote controlled. According to one version, Ali-Mohammadi was killed for his involvement in Iran's nuclear program, which had raised serious concerns in the West.
On Nov. 29, two university professors were attacked, when cars, carrying the professors, were blown up in Tehran. The blasts took place at between 7:00 and 8:00 in the morning, when the professors, along with their family members, left home for work. As a result of the blasts, which took place close the Shahid Beheshti University in northern Tehran, one of the professors, Madjid Shahriyari died, while his wife and another passenger seriously injured.
Another professor, Firudin Abbasi and his wife were injured as a result of blast at the Artesh Alley. Both scientists worked in the field of nuclear technology of Iran. The list of persons, against whom sanctions were applied upon UN Security Council resolution 1747, also included Firudin Abbasi.
Iranian officials have accused the United States, Israel, Britain intelligence and NATO of directly or indirectly organizing act of terror on Nov. 29, targeting two Tehran professors.
According to the report, intelligence network has been exposed as a result of an investigation that was conducted several months after the murder of the scientist.