Tehran: Angry mourners chanting
anti-American and anti-Israeli slogans joined a funeral
procession today for the Iranian nuclear scientist killed in a
bomb attack Tehran blames on the US and Israel.
An agency correspondent said that some 2,000 people thronged
the house in an affluent north Tehran neighbourhood of Massoud Ali Mohammadi, who died Tuesday when a booby-trapped motorbike
exploded as he was leaving home.
Around 100 policemen were deployed in the area.
Relatives and members of the elite Revolutionary Guards
placed the body of Ali Mohammadi, a particle physics professor
at prestigious Tehran University, in an ambulance which then
took off for the burial at a nearby shrine.
A military marching band led the procession to the
shrine, followed by hundreds of mourners many of whom were
chanting "Death to Israel" and "Death to America."
Mourners also chanted slogans against the so-called
"hypocrites" -- the Islamic republic`s term for the outlawed
Some chanted, "Nuclear energy is our undeniable right" in
an allusion to accusations by Iranian officials the killing
was an attempt by Western powers to disrupt Iran`s
controversial nuclear programme.
People close to Ali Mohammadi have stressed his close
links with the elite Revolutionary Guards, where he seems to
have worked for more than 20 years until 2003.