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Georgia Tech Student Dies from Burns Suffered in February Explosion

Saamer Akhshabi, a Georgia Tech student from Iran, was burned over most of his body last month.

Saamer Akhshabi, a student from Iran, was burned over most of his body last month. Credit: Georgia Tech website
Saamer Akhshabi, a student from Iran, was burned over most of his body last month. Credit: Georgia Tech website

The Georgia Tech student injured in an explosion in his Midtown apartment last month died Thursday, WXIA TV reports.

Saamer Akhshabi suffered third-degree burns over 90 percent of his body in the Feb. 4 incident. Lighter fluid and a charred pillow and mattress were found inside the apartment, along with an apparent Molotov cocktail and several plastic bottles filled with gasoline and kerosene.

Akhshabi died early Thursday. An autopsy will be performed to determine if he died as a result of his burns or of organ failure.

Akhshabi was native of Iran. He graduated in 2009 from the University of Tehran with a B.S. in computer engineering, according to Georgia Tech.

Investigators took three laptops, three cellphones, two jump drives and homemade movies from Akhshabi's apartment, WSB TV reported. The FBI is involved in the investigation.

clancey March 07, 2014 at 03:30 AM
Nothing good could have come from what he was making.
Octo Slash March 07, 2014 at 08:18 AM
I disagree. What he was making rid us of a budding terrorist.
Warnin ToU March 07, 2014 at 08:23 AM
Doesn't say much for the Tech Chemistry department, says even less for the Tech admissions office. I would like the officials who admitted him to imagine who would be dead had his plot played out. Would it have been them, their children, who's life would have been snuffed out because you jackasses insist on welcoming anyone from anywhere without any real review. Will someone review admission policies at Georgia Tech?
Reality March 07, 2014 at 08:39 AM
We have a lot of very smart young adults in need of a good education right here in Atlanta. Accept them , at least they are less likely to be a future terrorist.
Chris R March 08, 2014 at 10:06 AM
Georgia Tech accept and educate local students who will stay and contribute to the economies or societies of Georgia or some other US state? Absurd!

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