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Georgia Tech grad student from Iran injured by Molotov cocktail dies

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Saamer Akhshabi Saamer Akhshabi

The student who was injured by an explosion caused by what law enforcement called a "Molotov cocktail," has died.

Saamer Akhshabi was a graduate student from Iran, studying at the Georgia Institute of Technology's College of Computing in Atlanta.

The fire happened at about 4 p.m. on Feb. 4 at the apartment located about a mile from Georgia Tech's campus at 275 10th Street near Piedmont Park.

Akhshabi suffered severe burns on his hands, arms, chest and face, authorities said. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital with third-degree burns over 90 percent of his body.

He died on March 6.

Atlanta Fire Rescue noticed what appeared to be a Molotov cocktail along with several other plastic bottles filled with liquid. AFR cleared the apartment and Homeland Security was notified.

SWAT cleared the apartment of any explosives and examined the liquid, identifying it as gasoline and kerosene.

The Joint Terrorism Task Force was on the scene, along with the Atlanta Police Department's bomb squad. ATF and FBI agents also were at the scene.

"Georgia Tech has suffered a tremendous loss in the passing of Saamer Akhshabi," said College of Computing Dean Zvi Galil. "Saamer's initial prognosis was very bad, but he fought for more than a month. Our faculty and students visited him regularly, often staying for hours at a time. This was an excellent, promising student, and all of us in the College deeply mourn him."


"On behalf of the entire Georgia Tech community we extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Saamer Akhshabi," said President G. P. "Bud" Peterson. "Over the past month, faculty, staff and students have expressed their concern in numerous ways, and we mourn the loss of a member of the Georgia Tech family."

The university has announced it will lead a fundraising effort to enable Akhshabi's parents to return Saamer to his home to Iran. For more information or to donate to this effort, email

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