Iranian Professor Who Backed Mousavi Dies in Bomb Blast

BY Larisa Epatko  January 12, 2010 at 4:21 PM EDT

An Iranian nuclear physics professor was killed Tuesday when a remote-controlled bomb attached to a motorcycle outside of his home in northern Tehran exploded. He reportedly backed opposition candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi in Iran’s June presidential elections.

Iranian state media identified him as Masoud Ali Mohammadi, a 50-year-old professor at Tehran University.

His name was among a list of 240 Tehran University professors who supported Mousavi, reported the Associated Press.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing, but a state broadcaster, IRIB, quoted a Foreign Ministry spokesman as saying, “in the initial investigation, signs of the triangle of wickedness by the Zionist regime, America and their hired agents are visible in the terrorist act,” according to the New York Times.

The U.S. rejected the claim. “Charges of U.S. involvement are absurd,” said State Department spokesman Mark Toner, reported the Agence France-Presse.