Nuclear scientist killed in Iran by motorbike assassin in Tehran.
While Israeli or Western involvement seemed eminently plausible to independent analysts, a role for local Iranian factions or other regional interests engaged in a deadly shadow war of bluff and sabotage could not be ruled out. The killing, which left debris hanging in trees and body parts on the road, came in a week of heightened tension: Iran has started an underground uranium enrichment plant and sentenced an American to death for spying; Washington and Europe have stepped up efforts to cripple Iran's oil exports for its refusal to halt work that the West says betrays an ambition to build nuclear weapons. Iran says its aims are entirely peaceful.
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|Publication:||The Weekly Middle East Reporter (Beirut, Lebanon)|
|Date:||Jan 13, 2012|
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