The body of Dr. Majid Shahriari, the nuclear scientist killed on Monday’s terrorist attacks in Tehran, was carried in a huge procession today from the Shahid Beheshti University campus, where he was a professor of nuclear physics, to Tehran’s Imamzadeh Saleh cemetery.
The director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Ali Akbar Salehi, led high-level government and academic delegations in today’s services.
Shahriari was a top scientist and senior manager in Iran’s nuclear projects. He was reportedly killed when an explosive charge placed in his car was detonated by remote control when he and his wife climbed into the vehicle. His wife was injured. Another nuclear scientist, Dr. Fereidoun Abbasi, was also targeted and injured in a similar attack in another part of the city on the same day. Abbasi’s wife was also with him at the time and was injured as well. It was earlier reported that assailants on motorcycles attached magnetized bombs to their cars.
The Israeli Mossad is accused to be behind the assassination. The Mossad has carried out similar operations on foreign soil over the decades.
Shahriari’s assassination is believed to be a major blow to Iran’s nuclear program. He had not only brought the know-how but operational expertise to the program that would be tough to replace.
Photo: Mehr News Agency