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Iran blames U.S., Israel for death

TEHRAN, July 24 (UPI) -- Iran's parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani Sunday condemned the assassination of an Iranian scientist blaming Israel and the United States for his death.

Larijani told Parliament that Saturday's attack was another example of American-Zionist animosity against Iran, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

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Larijani advised U.S. officials to consider the consequences of their actions.

Daryoush Rezayeenejad, a 35-year-old post graduate student was gunned down by two unknown assailants as he and his wife were on their way to their daughter's kindergarten class, the agency said. He was shot in the neck and the assailants then chased his wife, who was hospitalized, the agency said. The nature of her injuries were unknown.

The official IRNA news agency said Rezayeenejad was a scientist in the field of power and electronics and was cooperating with a number of universities and scientific centers

Initial Iranian reports, including the unofficial Mehr News Agency, initially misidentified the victim as Darioush Rezaei, a 45-year-old physics professor.

Last November, two Iranian nuclear scientists were the target of bombings outside their homes in Tehran. Dr. Majid Shahriari was killed and Professor Fereidoon Abbasi was injured. At the time Iran also blamed Israel and the United States for the attacks.

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In January 2010, Iranian physicist Massoud Ali-Mahmoudi was killed in a bomb attack outside his Tehran home.

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