Iranian nuclear scientists’ deaths no mystery A covert war between Iran and the West burst to the surface Wednesday on the fashionable streets of northern Tehran when two men on a motorcycle attached a magnetic bomb to the car of a 32-year-old nuclear scientist, killing him and his bodyguard.
University professor Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan was a chemistry expert who also worked as a director of the Natanz uranium enrichment plant, a key facility in Iran’s suspected nuclear arms program.
The assassination, the fourth of its kind in two years, appears to be part of an undeclared campaign to target top Iranian scientists to delay or degrade the nuclear program — something diplomacy and economic sanctions have been unable to do. (Photo: AFP PHOTO/FARS NEWS; REUTERS/IIPA/Sajad Safari)
Britain has warned of “serious consequences” after angry mobs stormed the UK embassy compound in Tehran. Scores of protesters smashed windows, hurled petrol bombs, trashed offices and burned the British flag during a rally to protest against sanctions imposed by the UK. One man waved a framed picture of Queen Elizabeth.