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US: We Didn't Kill Iran Nuke Scientist

Hillary Clinton 'categorically denies' US involvement
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2012 2:44 AM CST
Updated Jan 12, 2012 6:02 AM CST
US: We Didn't Kill Iran Nuke Scientist
People gather around a car as it is removed by a crane in Tehran after a bombing that killed Iranian nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan.   (AP Photo/Fars News Agency, Meghdad Madadi)

(Newser) – No, we didn't blow up an Iranian nuclear scientist, angry US officials have declared. Iran's top nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, 32, was killed yesterday after a magnetic bomb was slapped on his car door in rush-hour Tehran traffic by a motorcyclist; the car blew up as the attacker sped off. Iran immediately blamed the attack on the US and Israel, reports the Washington Post, but Hillary Clinton was quick to speak out on the subject. "I want to categorically deny any US involvement in any kind of act of violence inside Iran," Clinton told reporters yesterday.

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Israel's military chief, however, had warned a day before yesterday's bombing that Tehran should expect "unnatural" events as it continues to work toward developing nuclear capability. Israel and other "adversaries" appear to be stepping up covert operations against Iran, which may make a possible military strike against the nation by Israel or the US unnecessary, reports the New York Times. Iranian officials, who called the bombing murder "heinous," vowed that Roshan's death would not stop "progress" in the nation's nuclear program. (Read more Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan stories.)

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