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Slain man was student, not scientist, Iran says

Iran says the victim of a deadly shooting Saturday was a university student — not a physicist involved in the disputed nuclear program as state media first reported.

Iran says the victim of a deadly shooting Saturday was a university student — not a physicist involved in the disputed nuclear program as state media first reported.

A mix-up over the victim's name apparently led to the confusion, the English-language Press TV said.

Initial reports said a pair of gunmen firing from motorcycles killed 35-year-old Darioush Rezaei, a physics professor whose area of expertise was neutron transport. Several news reports, including by the semi-official ISNA news agency, linked him to the country's nuclear program.

But an investigation later determined the slain man was Darioush Rezaeinejad, an electronics student at Khajeh Nasir University in Tehran.

The initial reports raised concerns because the attack appeared similar to other recent assassinations of scientists that Tehran blamed on the U.S. and Israel.

The U.S. and Israel and some of their allies accuse Iran of seeking to develop a nuclear weapons capability under the cover of its civilian atomic energy program.

Iran's missile program and its launch of satellites have raised fears it is also marching toward a capability to deliver a nuclear warhead across continents.

Iran denies the accusations and says its atomic program has entirely peaceful aims.

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