Iran Claims Slain Man Student, Not Nuke Scientist

Daryoush Rezaei just a graduate student, other reports claim
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 24, 2011 7:46 AM CDT
The reactor building of the Bushehr nuclear power plant outside the southern Iranian city of Bushehr. A man killed in Tehran yesterday has been linked to Iran's nuclear program.   (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, file)

(Newser) – This much we know: An Iranian man was shot and killed outside his home in Tehran yesterday, reports the BBC, in an attack that also injured his wife. State media initially reported that Darioush Rezaei, a physics professor linked to the country's nuclear program, was murdered, and blamed Israel's Mossad for the hit. But now, notes the AP, Tehran is backing up, blaming a name mix-up: It now claims that the dead man is Darioush Rezaeinejad, a graduate student.

"The person, who was assassinated in Tehran in front of his house yesterday, is one of the university students who are studying a master's degree in the field of electricity at Nasir al-Din University," said Fars, the official Iranian news agency, according to CNN. He "was working in the ministry of defense, but the media refers to him as a nuclear scientist. This is not true because he holds a bachelor's degree in the electrical department at the university."

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