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Bombing probe now focusing on Israel.

Three weeks after the bombing murder of a nuclear scientist, Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi said his investigators have now come up with some clues pointing to a combination of Israelis and counter-revolutionaries as being behind the murder.

Moslehi did not describe any of the evidence Monday. He also said that no one has been arrested yet.

President Ahmadi-nejad earlier said that the nature of the bombing pointed to a "Zionist" origin. But Israel is not known for using remote controlled bombs such as the one that killed Masud Ali-Mohammadi January 12. Israel is best known for sending hit men to shoot enemies at close range and is also suspected of using bombs planted inside cars that are triggered when the engine is started.

The Foreign Ministry last week, however, said it was demanding that the United States extradite to Iran members of a monarchist group in the United States.

Immediately after the killing, accusations flowed freely with blame being variously attributed to Britain, the United States, Israel, monarchists, and the Mojahedin-e Khalq and Arab states

Six days after Ali-Mohammadi was killed, a pair of assassins shot the prosecutor of Khoi in Iran's Kurdish area. Last Tuesday, the provincial governor general of West Azerbaijan province, Vahid Jalalzadeh, said border police had a firefight with members ofthe Party of Free Life ofKurdistan (PEAK), a Kurdish separatist group. Jalalzadeh said three PEJAK members were killed in the firefight and "the main perpetrator" of the assassination of Vali Haji-Gholizadeh was captured.

He didn't say how he knew the arrested man was the main perpetrator. Weeks earlier, officials said they had arrested four suspects in the killing. Nothing more has been said about them.

A provincial government official has said PEJAK announced it carried out the killing. But the Iran Times has not yet seen anything from PEJAK.
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Date:Feb 5, 2010
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