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Bomb attack in Tehran is 4th hit against Iranian nuclear scientist

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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- The death of a nuclear scientist in Iran's capital today is at least the fourth targeted hit against a member of Iran's nuclear brain trust in the past two years.

Iranian officials are blaming agents linked to Israel and backed by the U.S. and Britain.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is denying any U.S. role, and the Obama administration is condemning the attack.

But Israel is providing hints that reinforce the belief that there's an organized, secret effort to set back Iran's nuclear ambitions. Yesterday, Israel's military chief was quoted as saying that this will be a "critical year" for Iran -- partly because of "things that happen to it unnaturally."

In today's attack, motorcycle riders attached a magnetic bomb onto a car carrying a scientist working at Iran's main uranium enrichment facility.

By the time the blast tore apart the car, the motorcycle was blocks away, weaving through Tehran traffic.

The attack instantly killed the scientist and fatally wounded his driver.

Iran's Atomic Energy Organization vows to continue on its path "without any doubt."

The U.S. and its allies have been pressuring Iran to stop uranium enrichment -- a key element of a nuclear program that the West thinks is aimed at producing atomic weapons.

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