Another “mysterious” BOOM in Iran

posted at 9:15 am on January 11, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

Given the number of mysterious explosions and accidental deaths (nearly all among the community of nuclear scientists) taking place in Iran these days, you can’t really blame them for wondering if something’s up. This time it was an unfortunate incident which looked like something straight out of a James Bond film. Two men on a motorcycle zoomed by and stuck a heavy magnetic object to the side of a car. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a bomb. And the car’s occupant? Darned if it wasn’t yet another nuclear scientist.

The bomb killed Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, a chemistry expert and a director of the Natanz uranium enrichment facility in central Iran, the semiofficial Fars news agency reported. Natanz is Iran’s main enrichment site, but officials claimed earlier this week that they are expanding some operations to an underground site south of Tehran with more advanced equipment.

Witnesses told Reuters they had seen two people on the motorcycle a bomb to the car.

“The bomb was a magnetic one and the same as the ones previously used for the assassination of the scientists, and is the work of the (Israelis),” Fars quoted Tehran’s Deputy Governor Safarali Baratloo as saying. “The terrorist attack is a conspiracy to undermine the (March 2) parliamentary elections.”

Iran’s atomic energy organization said it would issue a statement later Wednesday.

It almost seems like every third person in Iran is a nuclear scientist these days. I mean, you almost literally can’t swing a dead cat without hitting one. (And nine times out of ten, the ex-feline will probably have a grenade in it.) Take it away, Lid.

The position of nuclear scientist in Iran is quickly becoming more dangerous than standing between NY Senator Chuck Schumer and the nearest TV Camera or between Ron Paul and the chance to add another earmark…

No, this must all be a horrible coincidence….hey accidents do happen and the Iranian scientists should be more careful.

The usual barrage of accusations is already starting. It must be the United States. No.. it was Israel. No, it was Israel but the U.S. paid for the gas in the motorcycles. Why doesn’t anyone ever blame the Taliban?


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I blame Michealangelo and Leonardo for the incident. Darned teenagers.

Turtle317 on January 11, 2012 at 9:22 AM

May there be…many ‘BOOMS’ to follow!

KOOLAID2 on January 11, 2012 at 9:22 AM

“Blame”? I think “credit” is a better word choice.

MTF on January 11, 2012 at 9:23 AM

“Blame”? I think “credit” is a better word choice.

MTF on January 11, 2012 at 9:23 AM

I stand corrected.

Turtle317 on January 11, 2012 at 9:24 AM

wonder if they got their 72 vestial virgins?

acyl72 on January 11, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Another one bites the dust…

WordsMatter on January 11, 2012 at 9:24 AM

It almost seems like every third person in Iran is a nuclear scientist these days. I mean, you almost literally can’t swing a dead cat without hitting one. (And nine times out of ten, the ex-feline will probably have a grenade in it.)

Was he driving a Chevy Volt?

Dr Evil on January 11, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Are we sure it was a bomb? Maybe he was driving a Chevy Volt.

dirtseller on January 11, 2012 at 9:25 AM

My suggestion is that Iran had used all the knowledge they needed or were worried that he would tell the outside world what Iran was actually planning to do with his knowledge (as if we didn’t already know), saw the opportunity to suggest “the great satan” or “the little satan” were responsible for his death, and planted the bomb themselves.

Vntnrse on January 11, 2012 at 9:25 AM

my bet is in the mossad, but there iran is not short of enemies.
i would not be surprised if some sunni gulf state did this.

nathor on January 11, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Its fascinating what is going on there.

These are pretty ruthless killings and yet they can’t pin them on anyone. There are two possible groups that could be doing this…

1) Baluchs – They have been waging a terror campaign against the regime for a long, long time. They are skilled, dedicated, professional and are into this whole ‘survive to fight another day’ concept that most terrorists in the ME or SE Asia don’t seem to have. They have caused trouble all over Iran, not just near their native lands… and if they can siphon anything off the terror flows in Pakistan, then they may be emboldened to really try to hurt the regime.

2) Foreign Organized Crime – Mostly one of the Red Mafia factions running out of Ukraine that has already put the screws on Iran monetarily via natural gas supplies. That organization is more than capable of this, and they, too, are ruthless and professional and don’t talk about their work. Plus they have inroads to all the INTEL flowing via the oil and natural gas business, so would be able to scope out the top players in the nuclear industry. Anything that would allow Iran to cut down natural gas imports is a threat to them, so a few thousand spent on taking out nuclear scientists now means billions of dollars annually for them in cash flow.

It could be covert ops from another State like Russia or KSA. Isreal would have a very difficult time getting an organization down to do this, but they may supply INTEL to whoever is doing it. Or non-State actors, and after the Baluchs I would place the Kurds into that category of ruthless and able enough to pull this sort of thing off, perhaps with some US INTEL tips. After that it gets to be a relatively odd assortment of smaller actors, none of which have shown any real capability or dedication to doing something like this.

And with Iran now having to end its gasoline and natural gas subsidies, the economy is in full pain mode… and the refineries must be nearly dead by now and oil production dropping as they have done no marginal increase work since the regime came to power. Plenty of oil, they just aren’t drilling to get it or keeping the oil infrastructure up to snuff.

The question isn’t ‘if’ Iran implodes, but ‘when’.

ajacksonian on January 11, 2012 at 9:29 AM

I just love a good mystery.

Bmore on January 11, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Annual budget of Iranian nuclear bomb program: $2.5 billion, cost of magnetic bomb used by Israeli agents: $30 thousand, transforming Iranian nuclear scientist into little fleshy bits: priceless.

WordsMatter on January 11, 2012 at 9:31 AM

It almost seems like every third person in Iran is a nuclear scientist these days. I mean, you almost literally can’t swing a dead cat without hitting one. (And nine times out of ten, the ex-feline will probably have a grenade in it.)

Allahpundit’s not going to like this metaphor Jazz.

Rovin on January 11, 2012 at 9:33 AM

“The bomb was a magnetic one and the same as the ones previously used for the assassination of the scientists, and is the work of the (Israelis),” Fars quoted Tehran’s Deputy Governor Safarali Baratloo as saying.

If the mossad wants you dead they don’t use 2 yokels on a moped and a magnetic McBomb.

Tim Zank on January 11, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Why use a magnetic bomb on a moving vehicle applied by a motorcyclist? Way too complex a plan for the CIA or Mossad, I think. Not that they couldn’t do it, just too many moving parts and potential for failure.

Seems like someone wanted this guy dead, and an element of the spectacular getting him there. For some reason.

Akzed on January 11, 2012 at 9:34 AM

I remember right after the Iraq invasion, a reporter was doing “man on the street” interviews in Baghdad, trying to show how the evil United States had destroyed a shining beacon of peaceful productivity. The first man he talked to said he used to be a nuclear physicist and the second one said he used to be a chemical engineer. Both said they were put out of work when the government collapsed.

Hey, guess what: putting those people out of work was the whole POINT of the invasion.

logis on January 11, 2012 at 9:35 AM

its a stumper ain’t it

Aggie95 on January 11, 2012 at 9:36 AM

I’m sure Paulian/Infowar crowd will say the CIA, although I’m not sure Obama’s CIA is this bold and daring.

You know who’s great at mysteries? These guys.

oddjob on January 11, 2012 at 9:37 AM

I blame global warming.

Mr. D on January 11, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Look up in the sky! It’s Magnetic Bomber Man!

albill on January 11, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Why not a magnetic bomb? It allows for positive I.D. and immediate execution.

residentblue on January 11, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Are we sure it was a bomb? Maybe he was driving a Chevy Volt.

dirtseller on January 11, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Does GM have a hazardous response team in Iran?

hawksruleva on January 11, 2012 at 9:41 AM

In Iran having a magnetic personality makes one burst out all over.

Yoop on January 11, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Why not a magnetic bomb? It allows for positive I.D. and immediate execution. residentblue on January 11, 2012 at 9:39 AM

It also allows for:

The bomb to stick to the motorcycle.

The bomb to be dropped.

The motorcycle to crash.

The motorcyclist to be captured.

Akzed on January 11, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Dern, these nuclear scientists sure are an accident prone bunch.

petefrt on January 11, 2012 at 9:44 AM

When the nukes start coming our way I hope we have the nads to turn them into dust.

mixplix on January 11, 2012 at 9:46 AM

It was the Jooooooossssss!

I gotta say it must be so much easier to live in Iran where all your problems can be blamed on only two nations. The only thing easier is the job our jug-eared President is doing. All his problems are the result of others which is why he is among the top four Presidents in history despite utter failure, incompetence, corruption, and sheer stupidity.

Happy Nomad on January 11, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Soon:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBf1e6WWWA0

Boom Boom Out Go The Lights :o)

Key West Reader on January 11, 2012 at 9:46 AM

These executions would only bother me if it were the Iranians themselves doing it.

OldEnglish on January 11, 2012 at 9:47 AM

It almost seems like every third person in Iran is a nuclear scientist these days.

Then it stands to reason that if you blow someone up, there’s a 33% chance will be a nuclear scientist. So maybe it’s just a coincidence. ;)

The Rogue Tomato on January 11, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Don’t mess with JerUSAlem!!

Hah ha!!

pseudonominus on January 11, 2012 at 9:51 AM

I am a fan of little booms over big ones.

hillsoftx on January 11, 2012 at 9:53 AM

My guess is it’s an internal Iranian group that wants to off the govt. The CIA/Mossad may be helping with the financing, but no one will ever find a paper trail.

However, when drawing up the list of likely candidates to take the blame/credit, why are the Saudi’s always left off? They have the cash, the motivation and the network. I submit that a Saudi financed operation is as likely as CIA/Mossad.

Deafdog on January 11, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Maybe the bombers hate the Peugeot 405?

Ward Cleaver on January 11, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Is this the new car rocket we’ve heard so much about? I think they need to work on the distance and the directional problem a tad bit longer…Oh and protect their pilot better too.

rich801 on January 11, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Has Jimmuh sent his condolences?

Ward Cleaver on January 11, 2012 at 9:55 AM

The bomb was about 20 kilotons too small.

TXUS on January 11, 2012 at 9:56 AM

All those Harvard educations gone to waste and ash. Muslim students in the west could be discouraged.

BL@KBIRD on January 11, 2012 at 9:59 AM

It looks like someone has learned something from watching the films about prewar National Socialist Workers Party on the Hitler History channel.

WyattsTorch on January 11, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Why doesn’t anyone ever blame the Taliban?

Why doesn’t anyone ever blame Iran? Totalitarian states tend to be paranoid beasts just as willing to kill their own people as they would any foreign enemies. I don’t put this past Israel, and kudos to them if they are throwing giant monkey wrenches into the Iranian nuclear program, but in a police state everyone is always guilty and never innocent. And when you’re paranoid you’ll look for the tiniest of reasons to kill those who you feel are holding you back.

NotCoach on January 11, 2012 at 10:04 AM

let’s be honest. If that had happened here, we would have called it a terrorist attack.

Gall on January 11, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Probably not us. http://news.investors.com/PhotoPopup.aspx?id=597387

Bmore on January 11, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Where’s the kaboom? There was supposed to be an earth-shattering kaboom?

Instead, all I got was a car shattering boom.

I’m calling Acme to complain. Their Elludium Pu-39 Explosive Space Modulator was a dud.

- Marvin

Cicero418 on January 11, 2012 at 10:15 AM

let’s be honest. If that had happened here, we would have called it a terrorist attack.

Gall on January 11, 2012 at 10:08 AM

And? Is your point that Israel is acting like terrorists? Of course, just because Iran says it’s Israel doing it doesn’t mean it’s Israel doing it. It appears to be terrorist attacks on Iran’s nuclear program, but by whom? Is some nation committing covert acts of war? Is it some non-nation affiliated group? Is it internal executions?

NotCoach on January 11, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Spoiler Alert:

It was Putin.

Mr. Prodigy on January 11, 2012 at 10:16 AM

What ever happened to blame the jealous husband? The scientist was probably caught with his wife. Therefore no international incident.just another jealous guy going after his wife’s lover.I would be willing to go out on a limb and say that seeing how the scientists make the big bucks, we will probably see more of these guys fooling around with other married women with the same outcome.

Guest1.1 on January 11, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Great tweet by Jonah Golberg:

Breaking: Iranian nuclear scientists named new drummer for Spinal Tap

.

BKeyser on January 11, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Great tweet by Jonah Golberg:

Breaking: Iranian nuclear scientists named new drummer for Spinal Tap

.

BKeyser on January 11, 2012 at 10:19 AM

“It was really one of those things…it was…you know…the authorities said…you know…well best leave it unsolved, really…you know.”

Akzed on January 11, 2012 at 10:28 AM

“Why doesn’t anyone ever blame the Taliban?”

I do not know how often this has to be repeated before it sinks in:

Bush is to blame!

stillings on January 11, 2012 at 10:48 AM

What an odd coinkydink, eh?
It sure as héll wasn’t the CIA. They were castrated decades ago.
Nice job, Mossad. Keep up the good work.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on January 11, 2012 at 10:49 AM

What ever happened to blame the jealous husband? The scientist was probably caught with his wife. Therefore no international incident.just another jealous guy going after his wife’s lover.I would be willing to go out on a limb and say that seeing how the scientists make the big bucks, we will probably see more of these guys fooling around with other married women with the same outcome.

Guest1.1 on January 11, 2012

The way that women are treated in Iran?
(chuckle)
That theory (and I use that term loosely) just won’t stick to the wall.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on January 11, 2012 at 10:58 AM

That theory (and I use that term loosely) just won’t stick to the wall.

I actually thought it was pretty funny, I had no Idea ANYONE would think it was a serious comment. I stand corrected

Guest1.1 on January 11, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Maybe they need to think about plastic doors on their scientists’ cars.

Blaise on January 11, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Gabriel Allon.

Heh.

Bruno Strozek on January 11, 2012 at 11:08 AM

The destruction of the car had nothing to do with the scientist. He was just collateral damage.

The car was the target. The planning was done by Jeremy Clarkson and the motorcycle was driven by Richard Hammond. The actual attaching of the bomb was done by James May.

This was a revenge attack for not being allowed to drive through Iran last year. ;)

evilned on January 11, 2012 at 11:23 AM

I blame global warming.

Mr. D on January 11, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Anyone who says different is anti-science.

theCork on January 11, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Wait a minute…

A motorcycle?

Anyone seen Bishop lately?

Hmmm…

Bruno Strozek on January 11, 2012 at 11:29 AM

“The terrorist attack is a conspiracy to undermine the (March 2) parliamentary elections.”

Really? Blowing up scientists undermines their elections?

Boy, those Jews, they’re so clever!

Socratease on January 11, 2012 at 11:29 AM

They need to close the Straights of Hormuz…Too many magnetic bombs getting through.

buckeyerich on January 11, 2012 at 11:33 AM

How many does this make? Making nuclear weapons for Iran is getting to be an unhealthy occupation. Everyone seems to be pointing at Israel, but I would not rule out the Saudis. They don’t want Iran to get the bomb either.

SC.Charlie on January 11, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Maybe the CIA began awarding Chevrolet Volts to noted Iranian Nuclear Scientists of the Year. That would save the bombmakers some work.

Philly on January 11, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Iranian nuke scientists better do some research on how to Zimmerit their cars!

8thAirForce on January 11, 2012 at 11:53 AM

I like ajacksonian’s theory about the Baluchs or the Red Mafia with the Kurds as a possible runner-up. I’m so used to looking at Iran as a global problem that I forget that Iran has very bad relations with some of its neighbors and its own minorities. Putting the issue in terms of Basque vs. Spain or IRA vs. England makes a lot of sense.

catsandbooks on January 11, 2012 at 11:54 AM

This time it was an unfortunate incident which looked like something straight out of a James Bond film. Two men on a motorcycle zoomed by and stuck a heavy magnetic object to the side of a car. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a bomb. And the car’s occupant? Darned if it wasn’t yet another nuclear scientist.

oopsie!

Tim_CA on January 11, 2012 at 12:02 PM

I thought the Israeli’s already took credit for this?

brhoton on January 11, 2012 at 12:07 PM

What an awesome story. Magnetic bomb, yes!!

Herald of Woe on January 11, 2012 at 12:45 PM

If I was a Nuclear Scientist in Iran I would demand a Corvette or Saturn to drive, anything non-magnetic.

meci on January 11, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Probably the work of the Israeli IMF. Good job Uri Phelps, Moishe Hand, David Armitage, Bibi Collier, and Shulamis Carter. :)

hadsil on January 11, 2012 at 12:55 PM

It sounds like a terrible accident. I hate to see that happen to anyone. Iran should let those nuclear inspectors come in to inspect all their facilities before someone else gets killed by mistake.

Dollayo on January 11, 2012 at 1:01 PM

But are we sure the scientist is dead? Could be that Iran is staging faking the deaths so the scientists can be off our radars.

They are then put into an undisclosed location and forced to work round the clock with no interruptions from things like family commitments.

Lucky Pierre on January 11, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Are we sure it was a bomb? Maybe he was driving a Chevy Volt.

dirtseller on January 11, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Nope. Peugeot 405 (actually built under license in Iran by IKCO):

Iran Khodro (Peugeot cars)

Ward Cleaver on January 11, 2012 at 1:26 PM

BWAAHHAAAA!!

I love it. No one is going to blow Israel off the face of the planet. No one.

Mirimichi on January 11, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Well, see what happens when we lose a drone?

The CIA/Mossad is reduced to outsourcing hits. Look on the bright side, they missed the falafel/pizza delivery guy, the Maverick migh have taken him out as well

E9RET on January 11, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Kinda like “The Twelfth Imam” by Joel Rosenberg.

vcferlita on January 11, 2012 at 1:50 PM

I bet those Iranian nuclear scientists guys really have a hard time getting life insurance.

Axion on January 11, 2012 at 1:54 PM

“The Iranian government insists that the restriction in the sales of magnetic beer cans is not related to the most recetn incident”

E9RET on January 11, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Looks like Israel’s Mossad is doing the job for America since our Kenyan Communist Muslim-In-Chief has neutered our intelligence agencies from doing anything about Iran’s frantic race to get nuclear weapons.

Pretty soon, the Iranian intelligence services will have interviews with Iranian nuclear scientists that go something like this….

Iranian Thug – “Please to tell me, why aren’t you in underground bomb bunker assembling nuclear weapons for Allah to wipe the Zionist Entity and the Great Satan off the map?”

Scientician – “Oh, I am nothing but a humble clerk now at the local Quikee Mart. I am a peaceful man, following the peaceful guidance of our great Religion Of Peace. Oh yes, very much so! Would you care for a chutney-flavored Squishee and a lottery ticket? Thank you, come again!”

CatchAll on January 11, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Does GM have a hazardous response team in Iran?

hawksruleva on January 11, 2012 at 9:41 AM

GM sales mangers: Iran have you checked out our Chevy Volt, your mileage may vary ;)

Dr Evil on January 11, 2012 at 1:59 PM

These are Iran’s own people doing this. You can’t have this amount of chaos, mayhem and murder on a regular basis without it being an inside job. Yes, indeed, these are Iranians who are fed up with Achmawackjob and don’t want to see their country and their lives go down the toilet with a huge bullseye painted on them because of their government’s dangerous and foolish blustering.

Pilgrimsarbour on January 11, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Second look at Santorum? Seems he was right, college isn’t for everyone. If these guys would have just become mechanics, none of this would be happening right now.

Hoss Bonaventures CEO on January 11, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Too bad Mossad can’t bring it straight to the top levels.

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 11, 2012 at 4:36 PM

I love that the world’s biggest supporter of terrorism is recieving some of its own medicene

Grunt on January 11, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Basic security would be to guard the car to deny someone the opportunithy to put a bomb in it. Harder to secure the vehicle and occupant when it is in use being driven down a street unless a significant security effort is mounted.

Conversely, it is harder to target a single particular vehicle, however if one is patient eventually the opportunity arises, and it may not even be the first or second opportunity — that is the option of the assasins, meanwhile security has to always be on its toes.

Russ808 on January 11, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Those who live by the bomb, die by the bomb…

Shucks, if it ain’t magnetic car bombs or enrichment plant-destroying computer viruses, it’s something else!!

Coincidence????

landlines on January 11, 2012 at 5:54 PM

What an odd coinkydink, eh?
It sure as héll wasn’t the CIA. They were castrated decades ago.
Nice job, Mossad. Keep up the good work.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on January 11, 2012 at 10:49 AM

The list is endless of those who don’t want the Iranians to get “The Bomb”.

SC.Charlie on January 11, 2012 at 5:55 PM

I love that the world’s biggest supporter of terrorism is recieving some of its own medicene

Grunt on January 11, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Not so, Bro.

Targeted assassination is a long, long ways away from indiscriminate terrorism directed at innocents.

Better way to look at it is the the mullahs are getting some asymmetrical warfare payback.

Bruno Strozek on January 11, 2012 at 6:14 PM