ATLANTA: Iranian Muslim student’s ‘premature detonation’ causes 3rd degree burns over 90% of his body

Burned-student But what do we hear from the police after finding a Molotov cocktail and several plastic bottles filled with gasoline and kerosene in his apartment?  Police say they don’t believe Saamer Akhshabi (photo right) was trying to make a bomb.(Of course he wasn’t. After all, everyone knows it’s normal to keep several bottles of highly flammable liquids and bombs in your apartment. Got it)

AJC (h/t MariaJ)  Saamer Akhshabi, a Georgia Tech graduate student from Iran remains in critical condition in a nearby hospital. 

Late Tuesday night, it wasn’t known what caused the fire. But an FBI spokesman said the man’s burns were possibly from an incendiary device. “At this time, we are assisting in furthering the investigation to determine how the male received the injuries and how the fire started,” Officer John Chafee with Atlanta police said.


In addition to what police described as a Molotov cocktail — a container filled with flammable material, and often topped with a make-shift fuse — police said several gasoline- or kerosene-filled bottles were found in the apartment.

Police reported the incident to U.S. Homeland Security, and a police SWAT team, and agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the FBI were called in.


A spokesman for Georgia Tech said the institute is working with law enforcement officials. “Our primary concern is to provide appropriate assistance to the victim and for his family as well as his classmates,” Matt Nagel, Tech spokesman, said in an emailed statement Tuesday night. “We continue to cooperate with the investigation.”

Akhshabi is studying in the College of Computing at Tech, where he has attended since 2009, according to his web page. He was scheduled to graduate in May, Nagel said Wednesday. Prior to moving to Atlanta, Akhshabi completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Tehran in Iran.