Iran’s Intelligence Minister Haidar Moslehi said today in Tehran that the security forces have made “a number of arrests” in the assassination of the Iranian nuclear scientist Majid Shahriari. Another nuclear scientist, Freidoun Abbasi, was also targeted but survived the assassination attempt. Moslehi accused the Israeli Mossad, MI6 and the CIA of involvements in the attacks.
Moslehi did not provide any details on the arrests, the identity of the detainees, or their possible links to the foreign intelligence agencies. It was not immediately clear if the announcement was an attempt by the government to calm down the public outrage over the attacks, or the authorities had actually identified and detained the attackers.
UPDATE – Iran’s deputy chief of the Judiciary, Ebrahim Raisi, told the prayers at the Friday Prayer in Tehran that the Israeli Mossad with the help of local nationals has carried out the attacks on the nuclear scientists. He promised that the perpetuators would be arrested and brought to justice. Oddly, he did not mention, or was unaware of, that the country’s intelligence minister had already announced the arrest of the suspects in the attacks.