Iran says thwarted Israeli attack on nuclear scientist

Iran's Revolutionary Guards claim to have foiled attempts by Israel to assassinate Iranian nuclear scientists and dozens of attempted hijackings by ISIL

Iran says thwarted Israeli attack on nuclear scientist

World Bulletin/News Desk

A senior Iranian military officer says the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has thwarted an Israeli assassination attack on an Iranian nuclear scientist, Press TV reported.

“The Zionist enemy (Israel) took action to assassinate a nuclear scientist during the past two years, but the timely presence of IRGC security men thwarted this operation,” Fars news agency quoted a deputy IRGC chief for security, Colonel Yaqoub Baqeri, as saying.

Baqeri added that IRGC is “duty-bound to protect nuclear scientists.”

Baqeri also told Fars that Iranian air marshals thwarted some 130 attempts by ISIL plots to hijack Iranian passenger planes in recent years.

At least five Iranian nuclear scientists have been killed since 2010, including Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan, the deputy director of uranium enrichment at the Natanz nuclear facility, Baqeri said. Two suspects were arrested in 2012 in connection with the killings of Roshan and of nuclear engineer Majid Shahriari.

Shariari was killed in November 2010 when two motorcyclists attached explosive devices to his vehicle. Roshan was killed the same way 2012.

In their 2012 book, entitled Spies Against Armageddon: Inside Israel's Secret Wars, Dan Raviv of CBS News and Israeli journalist Yossi Melman said that Israeli spies had killed at least four Iranian nuclear scientists.

Tehran has repeatedly accused Israel's Mossad, American CIA, and British MI6 of the assassinations. The Obama administration has reportedly pressured Israel to stop carrying out assassinations inside Iran against the country’s nuclear scientists.

Experts say the assassinations came after several rounds of sanctions against Iran failed to stop Tehran’s efforts to develop its nuclear energy program.

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