Fact and fiction surrounding Professor Alimohammadi's assassination
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12-Jan-2010 (one comment)

A Tehran University physics professor was killed in a bomb blast in front of his Tehran home this morning, January 12, 2009.

Massoud Alimohammadi was driving away from his home when a device placed inside a parked motorcycle was detonated.

The official story

Official Iranian news sources almost immediately went into overdrive. Borna news, close to the government, referred to Alimohammadi as a 'senior nuclear scientist' in an article posted at 10:48 AM.

Borna's journalist was one of the first at the scene of the crime and its photos provide an idea of the strength of the conflagration which blew out the windows of the building across from Alimohammadi's house.

Fars news, a semi-official news outlet close to the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), reported that the professor had been killed by 'anti-revolutionary elements.' Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast announced that the opposition, the United States, and Israel were behind the attack.

Fars published an interview with an alleged student of the late professor, Seyed Mohammad Kazem Manzourolajdad, who stated that Alimohammadi 'worked with the IRGC from the start of the [Iran-Iraq] War (NB 1980) until 2003, though it is unclear why a student would have access to such information. Manzourolajdad also allegedly told Fars that Alimohammadi 'stood firm behind the principles of the Islamic system and the velayateh faghih (NB Principle of the guardia... >>>

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I wonder

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If the IRI has already been blamed for karoubi's car shooting (an anti Ahmadi and now anti IRI candidate) and several other high profile killings why on earth would they need to use such a complex arrangement to kill a professor (though claimed to have been a cosigner of a letter to Khamenei) who is not "high profile" when they could kill anyone in daylight if they wished to make a far more statement than this?

If IRI has done it, what message does it carry? As is, it is now a killing that will bring a massive controvorcy as to who did it ? How could this one be an IRI message to the opposition?

Again, why should they use a motor bike with a remote bomb when they could easily kill their target with a cheap hand gun in a daylight w/o anyone being able to stop the perpetrator. Why the motorcycle bomb.

It does woever make quite sense for anti Iranian government terrorists who did not want to leave any room for aprehension. The using a remote controlled device serve their purpose.