in a car bomb blast. The attack comes less than 24 hours after Israel’s military chief Benny Gantz warned Iran that it could face ‘unnatural’ events during the year ahead. The blast is the latest in a series of incidents that have rocked Iran’s nuclear and military establishment in the recent past. In the past two years, three nuclear scientists have died under mysterious circumstances. Two months ago, a blast at Bid Ganeh, an Iranian military facility, killed 17 people. The facility housed Shahab missiles, which, at their longest range, could target Israel. International Atomic Energy Agency, in its report, has claimed that Iran has experimented with replacing the conventional warhead on Shahab-3 with a nuclear warhead. Sometime back, the Stuxnet computer worm is said to have bollixed Iran’s centrifuges for months, wreaking havoc on the process of uranium enrichment. Reports suggest that Israel, along with its allies, is inflicting damage to Iranian nuclear efforts through these covert actions, thus eliminating the need for a military strike.
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