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Iran said on Monday it would take revenge on its arch-foes Israel and the United States for the killing of an Iranian scientist last week, media reported.
Professor Massoud Ali-Mohammadi was killed in a bombing outside his home in Tehran on Tuesday. Officials have accused Israel and the United States of being behind the assassination. Washington has dismissed the charge as absurd.
"The enemies and the Zionist regime (of Israel) should know that ultimately we will give a response to this act," Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency. "Be sure that Iran will take revenge on you for the blood of martyr Massoud Ali-Mohammadi."
"Such a blind act, created by Mossad, the CIA and enemies of the Islamic Republic, shows their weakness," Mohammad-Najjar said.
Last week's bombing occurred at a time of heightened tension in the Islamic state, seven months after a disputed presidential election plunged the country into its most serious domestic turmoil in three decades.
State media described Ali-Mohammadi as a "committed and revolutionary" professor, suggesting he backed the government.
But opposition websites said he was a supporter of opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi in last June's disputed election, which plunged Iran into turmoil.
Ali Mohammadi was not known to have any important roles in the opposition movement, although his name appeared on a university petition pledging support for Mousavi, the reformist candidate, before last June's disputed election.
Some reports say he worked for the Revolutionary Guards for more than 20 years until 2003.
But Al Jazeera's Alireza Ronaghi, reporting from Tehran, quoted one of Ali Mohammadi's close friends as saying that the professor was never a political activist.
"He told me that Ali Mohammadi had very deep reformist tendencies but never mixed it up with his professional character."
Ali Moghara, who heads the physics faculty at Tehran University, said Ali Mohammadi was just a "world famous" physicist who engaged in "no political activity".
an Iranian quantum field theorist and elementary-particle physicist and a distinguished professor of elementary particle physics at Department of Physics of University of Tehran.
Flynt Leverett, director of New America Foundation, said that while it is "highly unlikely that the United States was directly involved" in the assassination, it is "possible that a group or an individual" who has received financial support as part of the $400 million dollar US covert activities program initiated under Bush administration against Iran, might have carried out the assassination.