Iran steps up security for nuclear scientists

Iran will step up security for its nuclear scientists after a prominent physicist was assassinated and another wounded in bomb attacks, its atomic chief said in a report.

Updated: Dec 02, 2010, 23:17 PM IST

Tehran: Iran will step up security for its
nuclear scientists after a prominent physicist was
assassinated and another wounded in bomb attacks, its atomic
chief said in a report on Thursday.

"Based on a recent decision, it has been arranged that
the security detail (of nuclear scientists) will be multiplied
and other protection techniques will also be applied," Ali
Akbar Salehi was quoted as saying by ISNA news agency.

Assailants attached bombs to the cars of two senior
scientists in Iran`s nuclear programme on Monday, killing one
of them, Majid Shahriari, and wounding the other, Fereydoon
Abbasi Davani. Three other people were wounded.

"Dr Shahriari was not alone as he was with his security
detail," Salehi said. "But the evil methods that enemies
employ are unpredictable."

Tehran has blamed the attacks on the United States and
Israel, which accuse Iran seeking to make nuclear weapons
under the guise of a civilian programme. Tehran denies the
charge.

"Since last year, we put under protection... hundreds of
our scientists and experts working in the nuclear field,"
Salehi said.

In January, another Iranian nuclear scientist, Masoud Ali
Mohammadi, was killed in a bomb attack which Tehran blamed on
"mercenaries" in the pay of Israel and the US.

PTI