Skip to comments.Huge blast kills 27 at Iran military base near Tehran
Posted on 11/12/2011 2:18:50 PM PST by JerseyanExile
TEHRAN: A massive explosion at a military arms depot near the Iranian capital Tehran killed 27 elite Revolutionary Guards on Saturday and wounded 16 others, state broadcaster IRIB said.
Officials said it was an accident which happened as troops were moving ammunition at a base in Bidganeh, near the town of Shahriar, some 45 km (28 miles) west of Tehran.
While there was no indication of any attack, the explosion shook homes and rattled windows for miles around at a time of mounting tensions with Israel over Iran's nuclear programme.
"So far, 27 personnel of Revolutionary Guards have been martyred and 16 others wounded, some of them are in a critical condition," IRIB quoted Revolutionary Guards spokesman Ramezan Sharif as saying.
"Today at 13:30, (0900 GMT), an explosion happened in one of the Revolutionary Guards' bases while a consignment of explosive devices was being moved out from the arsenal, besides that some munitions in the arsenal exploded which created a terrifying sound," Sharif said.
Residents in western suburbs of Tehran told Reuters they had felt the blast, with some assuming it to be a low-level earthquake.
Fire at the base continued to rage for hours. Surrounding streets were closed and reporters were kept away from the scene.
Some media reported there had been two explosions and the head of Iran's Red Crescent organisation said there was a risk of further blasts.
Mahmoud Mozafar told the Mehr news agency that only six paramedics had been allowed into the Amir Al-Momenin military base and that thick smoke was hampering the rescue operation.
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 facilities they believe are working towards making nuclear weapons.
Sharif denied what he said was speculation in the Western media that the military base was linked to Iran's nuclear programme.
"This blast is not related to any nuclear tests that some foreign media have reported," he told Mehr.
Tehran denies Western accusations, that were given some credence by a report from the UN nuclear agency this week, that its nuclear programme has military ends.
On Oct. 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.
Remind me to send flowers.
Did Bibi have anything to do with this accident?
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The word elite is always used here just like the word powerful was used with Danny Rostenkowski ... right up to the time he was no longer powerful, and went to jail.
Just how were these people "martyred"? Seems to me they died from some ones carelessness, or is this an attempt by Iran to blame the explosion on Israel?
Impossible. After all, no one saw or heard anything out of the ordinary.
Mahmoud Ahmanutjob and Ron Paul will be blaming the “Zionist War Mongers” in 5...4...3...2......
........”we always smoked around the back of that building, go figure”.
“Hold my goat and watch this Brother ...”
(picks up three shells, begins juggling)
Oopsy and upsy!
That is just soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo sad.
They’re elite until the Iranian people get armed.
“Huge” = not nearly big enough!
........we always smoked around the back of that building, go figure.
Not as much as you’re smokin’ now!
Excuse me. I stand corrected, I failed to take into account the sheer stupidity of muslims.
Perhaps is was not slovenly housekeeping
Think General Intelligence Presidency
There’s been an update - a senior Iranian military official, Brigadier General Tehrani Moqaddam, head of a Revolutionary Guard unit tasked with developing indigenous designs of missiles, was killed in the blast. And it seems like some reports indicate that the base might have housed Iranian Shahab-3 theater ballistic missiles.
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