While news is still coming out of Tehran, my colleague Ali Alfoneh has been culling the Iranian websites today and helped compile the following:
Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, Natanz Nuclear Site commerce director, was assassinated at 08:30 am local time in Tehran. According to Fars News, a motorcyclist attached a magnet bomb to Roshan’s car. The blast killed Roshan and wounded two passengers in the car. A photo essay from the site of the explosion is here, and a photograph purporting to show Roshan after the bombing is here.
Nasim Online points out that Roshan was assassinated on the second anniversary of the assassination of Masoud Ali Mohammadi, another nuclear scientist.
Who was Roshan? Sharif University of Technology says that Roshan had a degree in chemical engineering from the university. Alef News has released the titles of academic articles he had published (scroll down for English).
Who was behind it? Well, the Iranian government has never let an investigation get in the way of a good conspiracy. First Vice President Mohammad-Reza Rahimi accuses “the Zionist regime,” while Safar Ali Baratlou, Tehran Province Security chief, says “it is the work of the Zionists… It seems like the Zionists are trying to reduce public participation in [forthcoming parliamentary] elections….” Parliamentarians have condemned the assassination by chanting “Death to America,” “Death to Israel,” and “Death to the Hypocrites,” the latter usually being code for the Mujahedin al-Khalq.