Saturday, November 12, 2011

#Tehran : Explosion At Weapons Depot Kills 15

A massive explosion at a weapons depot on a military base to the west of the Iranian capital Tehran today killed 15 people and wounded 25 others. The blast was felt at least 45 km away, local media reported.

The Revolutionary Guards - Iran's elite military force - said a munitions store at a base in Bidganeh, near the city of Karaj, had exploded, according to a statement carried by the semi-official Fars news agency.

A spokesman for the Revolutionary Guards said the blast happened as troops were moving munitions at a base in Bidganeh, near the town of Shahriar.

The blast was so big it was felt in western suburbs of Tehran, 45 km away, witnesses told Reuters. Many assumed there had been a low-level earthquake. Some media reports said the initial blast was followed by a second explosion.

There were no reports linking the blast to any air strike or other attack. Tension has risen in recent weeks between Iran and its enemies Israel and the United States, which have not ruled out striking nuclear facilities they believe are working towards making atomic weapons, a charge Tehran denies.

On October 12 last year a similar blast at a Revolutionary Guards munitions store killed and wounded several servicemen in Khoramabad, western Iran. Authorities said that explosion was an accident.

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2011/1112/breaking10.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter