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Photos: Iranian professor buried in security-laden ceremony

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Iranian physics professor, who was assassinated on Tuesday in Tehran, was buried today in a funeral which according to opposition website, Jaras, was guarded heavily with forces in plain clothes.

The report adds that a number of photojournalists at the site were arrested. According to Jaras the arrested photojournalists were all women and three of them belong to foreign news agencies.

Massoud Ali-Mohammadi was killed on Tuesday after a booby-trapped motorcycle exploded near his home in an affluent area of Tehran.

In an allusion to the government's claim that the US and Israel are behind this assassination, some people chanted anti US and Israeli slogans during the ceremony.

State media has described Ali-Mohammadi as a nuclear scientist and his death is portrayed as a act to stifle Iran's nuclear activities.

However, his acquaintances have rejected this, claiming that he was in fact a protester of the June presidential election and the following events, and that he had in fact participated in the June 15 demonstrations which was in condemnation of the alleged fraud that secured Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's second term at presidency.

Opposition leaders, Ayatollah Rafsanjani and Mohammad Khatami have both condemned the assassination of Massoud Ali-Mohammadi in a message of condolence.

Former president Mohammad Khatami writes that: "The evil hand that has committed this crime is, no doubt, the enemy of Iran and the nation, looking to widen the crisis which is detrimental to all of us."

Related Report: Dueling protests erupt at Iran professor's funeral

BY NASSER KARIMI, Associated Press Writer Nasser Karimi, Associated Press Writer - Thu Jan 14

TEHRAN, Iran - The funeral Thursday for an Iranian physics professor killed in a mysterious bomb attack turned into competing demonstrations by pro- and anti-government supporters with hundreds of security forces standing by.

Witnesses said half of about 1,000 people at the funeral for Masoud Ali Mohammadi were opposition supporters and there were some minor scuffles with police during the burial. Some carried green banners, the color symbolizing their movement, and shouted support for the opposition. The other side chanted "Down with the U.S." and "Death to Israel" as mourners carried the body shrouded in an Iranian flag on their shoulders.

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