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Suspected killer says Mossad trained him

TAKING ON IRAN:The alleged killer of an Iranian nuclear scientist said Israeli agents gave him a precise model of the man’s house so he could plot out the assassination

AFP, TEHRAN

The alleged killer of a top nuclear scientist who was murdered last year said he was trained in Israel by the Mossad spy agency, state TV reported on its Web site on Monday.

Majid Jamali Fash, identified in the report as “a member of Mossad terrorist network and the main element” behind last year’s assassination of nuclear scientist Masoud Ali Mohammadi, said he was trained by Israeli military -officers at a base near Tel Aviv.

“On a trip to Tel Aviv, I got acquainted with several senior Israeli officers in a base on a highway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. There, I learned different things such as tailing, stalking and planting bombs under vehicles,” Fash was quoted as saying on the Web site.

He did not say when he had made the trip to Israel.

Fash said he was briefed about Ali Mohammadi and “practiced bombing in a base near Tel Aviv several times.”

“I was given a very precise model of Dr Ali Mohammadi’s house and its whereabouts to be very well acquainted with the real situation of his assassination,” he said.

The report said that the details of his interview were to be released yesterday.

Earlier on Monday, Iran said it had arrested “spies and terrorists” linked with Mossad who were -behind Ali Mohammadi’s killing.

The intelligence ministry said in a statement carried by state TV that Iran’s security forces had “infiltrated” Israeli intelligence and obtained “important and sensitive information on Mossad spies and operations.”

“The main elements behind this terrorist crime [assassination] were arrested and a network of spies and terrorists linked to the Zionist regime was dismantled,” it said.

In January last year, Ali Mohammadi, a particle physics professor at the prestigious Tehran University, was killed in a bomb attack outside his home which Iran blamed on “mercenaries” in the pay of Israel and the US.

“Mossad ... has had some European and non-European bases as well as bases in some neighboring countries and used them to direct the unmanly assassination of Ali Mohammadi,” the ministry said.

It added that further information about “Mossad’s infiltration as well as the dismantling of its espionage networks and the plotting of our prominent scientist’s assassination will be gradually revealed in due time.”

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