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The London-based Sunday Times published what it claimed is an account of Iranian nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan's last minutes on earth and the final preparations of the alleged Israeli Mossad agents that took his life.
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According to the Times's unverified account published Sunday, the covert assassination mission was complicated by unusual activity at the Iranian intelligence headquarters in Tehran last Wednesday morning, but having decided that his agents "would never escape anyway," the on-the-ground mission commander gave the go-ahead anyway.
From that point, almost all the details are known. Men on a motorcycle sped up to the scientist's car, attached a magnetic explosive device and sped away. Roshan was critically injured in the resulting blast and died later in a Tehran hospital.
In addition to the Times
and senior Iranian officials have all in the past week accused Israel
of being behind most recent, and a string of killings targeting Iranian
scientists over the past two years.
While Israel has not taken responsibility or fully denied involvement,
two top IDF officers, Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz and
Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai sent out cryptic messages that
provided Israel's accusers with fodder for their speculation.
Stressing that he did not know who assassinated the scientist, Mordechai
wrote on his Facebook page last week: “I will definitely not shed a
tear for him.”
Gantz, speaking to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee
last week, said that 2012 would be a “critical year” for Tehran. He
added there may be more “unnatural” events in Tehran.
For his part, President Shimon Peres said that as far as he knows, Israel was not involved in the assassination.