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Bomb kills Iran physicist

A nuclear physics professor who publicly backed Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi in the disputed June presidential election was killed on Tuesday when a remote-controlled bomb rigged to a motorcycle blew up outside his home.

world Updated: Jan 13, 2010 01:03 IST

A nuclear physics professor who publicly backed Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi in the disputed June presidential election was killed on Tuesday when a remote-controlled bomb rigged to a motorcycle blew up outside his home.

State media identified the victim as Masoud Ali Mohammadi, 50, a professor at Tehran University, which has been at the center of recent protests by student opposition supporters.

The government blamed the rare assassination on an armed Iranian opposition group that it said operated under the direction of Israel and the U.S.

A spokesman for the atomic agency, Ali Shirzadian, told the Associated Press that Ali Mohammadi had no link

with the agency responsible for Iran’s contentious nuclear programme.