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TEHERAN - Iran vowed Monday to take revenge on
Israel and the United States for the slaying last week of a physics
professor in a mysterious bomb attack, the official news agency
Iranian officials have blamed an exiled
opposition group known as the People's Mujahedeen, accusing it of
acting on behalf of Israel and the US The armed opposition group and
Washington have denied involvement, while Israel has not commented.
A week after Masoud Ali Mohammadi's
death, it remains unclear why the 50-year-old Teheran University
professor would have been a target for assassins who left a
bomb-rigged motorcycle outside his home on Jan. 12. Ali Mohammadi had
no prominent political voice, no published work with military
relevance and no declared links to Iran's nuclear program, though his
work included some aspects of nuclear theory.
"Rest assured that Iran will take
revenge for the blood of martyr Ali Mohammadi from you,"
Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said, addressing Israel and
"Such a blind move, which is the
result of acts by the Mossad, the CIA and enemies of the Islamic
Republic of Iran's system, shows their weakness." His comments
were reported by the official IRNA news agency.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has
claimed that the assassination was carried out in a "Zionist
style," saying it showed their "grudge" against the
Key figures among both Iran's
pro-reform opposition and hard-line government supporters have
condemned the professor's killing.
Ali Mohammadi had few apparent links
outside the academic community.
He was not known to have any key roles
in the opposition movement, although his name appeared on a
university petition pledging support for pro-reform candidate Mir
Hossein Mousavi before June's disputed presidential election.
Mousavi claimed he was deprived of the
presidency through fraud, triggering months of street protests and a
harsh crackdown by the authorities.