Bomb Kills Official of Natanz Uranium Enrichment Facility
Iran VP Accuses Israel
Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, a nuclear expert and a director at Natanz Uranium Enrichment Facility was assassinated in Tehran when two assailants attached a magnetic bomb to the car he was riding on.
The attack occurred at 8:20 a.m. local time on Wednesday while he was driving on Shahid Golnabi Avenue. The two assailants were riding on a motorbike when they approached his car. Fars reported that they threw a bomb into the vehicle. But most reports indicate that the assailants attached a magnetic bomb to his Peugeot 405. The attack bore a strong resemblance to earlier killings of scientists working on the Iranian nuclear program (it was the fifth attack on nuclear experts in two years).
Iran’s First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi said Israeli agents were behind the attack. He added that the Israelis cannot “prevent progress in Iran’s peaceful nuclear program.” [Fars News Agency, 11 January].
The late Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan was a chemical expert and worked as a director at Natanz. Fars News Agency reported that he was an authority in polymer filtration process, where the Hexafloride Uranium gas is filtered to remove Uranium 238 in order to extract the “enriched” Uranium 235.