An Iranian former minister was seriously wounded on Monday when an unknown person stabbed him at a Tehran university, the Mehr news agency reported.
Ahmad Motamedi, who was telecommunications minister in the government of reformist president Mohammed Khatami, was stabbed at Amir Kabir University, the report said.

The 40-year-old assailant, who confronted Motamedi in his office, was apprehended by campus guards, the report added.

Motamedi was admitted to hospital where he underwent surgery. The reason for the attack was not immediately known.