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Assassination of Darioush Rezaeinejad

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Assassination of Darioush Rezaeinejad
Bornداریوش رضایی‌نژاد
c. 1976
Abdanan, Iran
💀Died23 July 2011
Tehran, Iran23 July 2011
Cause of deathAssassination
🏳️ NationalityIranian
Other names
🏫 EducationElectronics[vague]
K.N.Toosi University of Technology
💼 Occupation
💵 Salary :
👩 Spouse(s)Shohreh Pirani
👶 ChildrenArmita (daughter)

Darioush Rezaeinejad (Persian: داریوش رضایی‌نژاد‎; c. 1976 (Abdanan) – 23 July 2011(Tehran); also Dariush Rezaei-Nejad) was allegedly an Iranian Nuclear scientist who was assassinated in east Tehran by gunmen in July 2011. Other reports claimed that he was just a graduate Engineering student and was shot due to a case of mistaken identity.


Rezaeinejad was shot dead by motorcycle borne gunmen in July 2011 outside the front gate of the family home, while he was driving home with his wife Shohreh Pirani, after picking up their daughter, Armita, from kindergarten.[1] His wife was wounded in the attack.[2][3]

Initial reports, including from the semi-official Iranian Students News Agency, identified the victim as Darioush Rezaei, a 46-year-old physicist whose area of expertise is neutron transport and is known to be involved in Iran's nuclear program.[4][5]

News agencies later reported that the victim was not the nuclear physicist, but Darioush Rezaeinejad, a postgraduate electrical engineering student at Tehran's K.N.Toosi University of Technology, who was expected to defend his thesis[6][7] and working at a "national security research facility."[1]

After the assassination, the speaker of Iran's parliament Ali Larijani suggested the United States and Israel had killed Rezaeinejad. A U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland stated, "We were not involved. Our sympathies are obviously with the family of the victim."[8]

Rezaeinejad is the fourth scientist "allegedly associated" with Iran's nuclear program to have been killed by bomb, gunshot, or poisoning since 2007.[9]

Claims of relation to Iran's nuclear program[edit]

Wife and daughter of Darioush Rezaeinejad

According to Iran's Fars News Agency, assassins might have confused Darioush Rezaeinejad with Dariush Rezaei Ochbelagh, specialist in nuclear reactors and an assistant professor at Amirkabir University.[10]

Claims of Mossad responsibility[edit]

On 2 August 2011, Spiegel Online published an article titled "Mossad Behind Tehran Assassinations, Says Source", invoking information from "Israeli intelligence sources", where Israel's national intelligence agency Mossad was linked to the assassination of Darioush Rezaeinejad, describing him as an Iranian nuclear scientist. The article reported that, according to the sources, the killings of scientists related to Iran's nuclear program are "part of a campaign to sabotage, or at least slow down, Iran's nuclear program," an alleged campaign that also involves targeted assassinations.[11]

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References and notes[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Koring, Paul (18 June 2012). "The undeclared war on Iran's nuclear program". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2013-04-12.
  2. "Iran: Scientist shot dead in Tehran", BBC, 23 July 2011
  3. "Iranian Scientist Gunned Down at Home" by Scott Shane, The New York Times, 24 July 2011
  4. AP Photo (24 July 2011). "Photo of the Day". Yahoo! News. Retrieved 4 October 2012. Iranians carry coffin of Darioush Rezaeinejad, in a funeral ceremony, on Sunday, 24 July 2011, in Tehran, Iran, after he was killed in a deadly shooting on Saturday. Iran said the victim was a university student _ not a physicist involved in the disputed nuclear program as state media first reported. Initial reports said a pair of gunmen firing from motorcycles killed 35-year-old Darioush Rezaei, a physics professor whose area of expertise was neutron transport. Several news reports, including by the semi-official ISNA news agency, linked him to the country's nuclear program. But an investigation later determined the slain man was Darioush Rezaeinejad, an electronics student at Khajeh Nasir University in Tehran.
  5. "Iran media: Wrong man killed".
  6. "Iran denies assassinated academic worked on nuclear projects" by Saeed Kamali Dehghan, The Guardian, 25 July 2011
  7. "Photo of the Day": Funeral of Darioush Rezaeinejad, Yahoo News
  8. "US denies killing scientist, presses Iran", AF, 25 July 2011
  9. "Who Is Killing Iran's Nuclear Scientists?" by Matthew Cole and Mark Schone, ABC News, 26 July 2011
  10. Porter, Gareth (17 March 2012). "How Mossad Justified Its Murder of an Innocent Iranian Electrical Engineer". Truthout. Retrieved 2013-04-12.
  11. "Mossad Behind Tehran Assassinations, Says Source" by Ulrike Putz, Spiegel Online, 2 August 2011

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