Tehran: The assassination of one of Iran's nuclear scientists sparked deep fury in Tehran on Thursday against prime suspect Israel and against the United States, which said it had nothing to do with the murder.
Some hardline newspapers even called for retaliatory action, with one, Keyhan, saying in an editorial that "assassinations of Israeli officials and military are achievable”.
The Iranian government's reaction was just as angry, though more measured.
In a letter demanding a strong condemnation from the UN Security Council, it said it had evidence unnamed "foreign quarters" were behind the killing of scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan yesterday.
The 32-year-old scientist and deputy director of Iran's Natanz uranium enrichment facility died when two riders on a motorbike rode by his car trapped in Tehran's rush-hour traffic and slapped onto it a magnetic bomb that directed a deadly blast inside the vehicle.
The blast also killed Ahmadi Roshan's driver/bodyguard and wounded a third occupant of the Peugeot 405. The attack was similar to four others that have occurred in Tehran in the past two years. Three scientists, at least two of whom also worked on Iran's controversial nuclear programme, died, while another -- who now heads the country's atomic energy organisation -- escaped just in time.
The latest attack dominated Iran's media today. Many outlets criticised what they said was the silence of the West over the killings.
First Published: Thursday, January 12, 2012, 15:25