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'Arrests made' over magnet-bomb assassination

An Iranian official has said that several people are being held over the killing of a scientist last week.

Iran's President Ahmadinejad during a recent visit Cuba.
Iran's President Ahmadinejad during a recent visit Cuba.
Image: AP Photo/Javier Galeano/PA Images

SEVERAL PEOPLE have been arrested in Iran over last week’s murder of a chemical expert working at an Iranian nuclear facility.

Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, 32, a director at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility, was killed on Tuesday after two assailants on a motorbike attached a magnetic bomb to the car he was travelling in.

The assassination bore the hallmarks of earlier attacks on experts who were working on Iran’s nuclear programme. Tehran blamed Israel, Britain and the US of involvement, which the US denied. Britain condemned the killing, while Israel has not made any public statement on the issue.

The AP reports that Iran’s parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani told Iranian media today that a number of people were being held in custody over Roshan’s death.

Iran denies US allegations that it is trying to develop nuclear weapons and insists its nuclear programme is focused on energy production.

- Additional reporting by the AP

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