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Huge blast kills 27 at Iran military base near Tehran
Times of India ^ | Nov 12, 2011 | Reuters

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.

RISK

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.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: accident; bomb; iran; munitions; tehran; youchickens

1 posted on 11/12/2011 2:18:51 PM PST by JerseyanExile
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To: JerseyanExile

Oopsy daisy!!!


2 posted on 11/12/2011 2:21:32 PM PST by novascotianative
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To: JerseyanExile

Remind me to send flowers.


3 posted on 11/12/2011 2:21:36 PM PST by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: JerseyanExile

Did Bibi have anything to do with this accident?


4 posted on 11/12/2011 2:23:49 PM PST by keats5 (Not all of us are hypnotized.)
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To: MestaMachine; LucyT; Nachum

Ping!


5 posted on 11/12/2011 2:28:52 PM PST by Absolutely Nobama (Chairman Obama And Ron Paul Are Sure Signs The Republic Is In Serious Trouble. God Help Us All.)
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To: SJackson; shibumi

ping!


6 posted on 11/12/2011 2:29:36 PM PST by Absolutely Nobama (Chairman Obama And Ron Paul Are Sure Signs The Republic Is In Serious Trouble. God Help Us All.)
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7 posted on 11/12/2011 2:31:12 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: JerseyanExile
... elite Revolutionary Guards ...

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.

8 posted on 11/12/2011 2:31:21 PM PST by RobinOfKingston (The instinct toward liberalism is located in the part of the brain called the rectal lobe.)
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To: JerseyanExile
"So far, 27 personnel of Revolutionary Guards have been martyred

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?

9 posted on 11/12/2011 2:32:01 PM PST by calex59
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To: keats5
"Did Bibi have anything to do with this accident?"

Impossible. After all, no one saw or heard anything out of the ordinary.


10 posted on 11/12/2011 2:34:30 PM PST by SnuffaBolshevik ("The trouble with internet quotations is that you don't know if they are true"-Abraham Lincoln.)
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To: JerseyanExile

Mahmoud Ahmanutjob and Ron Paul will be blaming the “Zionist War Mongers” in 5...4...3...2......


11 posted on 11/12/2011 2:35:11 PM PST by Absolutely Nobama (Chairman Obama And Ron Paul Are Sure Signs The Republic Is In Serious Trouble. God Help Us All.)
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To: JerseyanExile
Preemptive?
12 posted on 11/12/2011 2:35:54 PM PST by freedomson (Tagline comment removed by moderator)
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To: calex59

........”we always smoked around the back of that building, go figure”.


13 posted on 11/12/2011 2:37:19 PM PST by Recon Dad ("The most important rule in a gunfight is: Always win and cheat if necessary.")
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To: JerseyanExile
That's the problem with n00b suicide bombers....

Location, Location, Location....


14 posted on 11/12/2011 2:45:10 PM PST by 50cal Smokepole (Effective gun control involves effective recoil management.)
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To: JerseyanExile

“Hold my goat and watch this Brother ...”
(picks up three shells, begins juggling)


15 posted on 11/12/2011 2:48:53 PM PST by tumblindice (The day ain't over yet)
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To: JerseyanExile
چه اتفاقی می افتد؟

(WHAT HAPPEN?)

16 posted on 11/12/2011 2:49:50 PM PST by RichInOC (Sarah Palin is at war with the left. Most Freepers are just playing the video game.)
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To: novascotianative

Oopsy and upsy!


17 posted on 11/12/2011 3:01:59 PM PST by milagro
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To: JerseyanExile

oops

18 posted on 11/12/2011 3:09:58 PM PST by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Doogle

That is just soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo sad.


19 posted on 11/12/2011 3:25:34 PM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: calex59
How ignorant of you. A martyr (Greek: μάρτυς, mártys, "witness"; stem μάρτυρ-, mártyr-) is somebody who suffers persecution and death for refusing to renounce, or accept, a belief or cause, usually religious. These IRGs refused to renounce the belief that mishandling ammunition gets you blown up. Hence the designation as martyr here is correct. Does Persian have a word for morons?
20 posted on 11/12/2011 3:29:49 PM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: RobinOfKingston

They’re elite until the Iranian people get armed.


21 posted on 11/12/2011 3:30:42 PM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: JerseyanExile

“Huge” = not nearly big enough!


22 posted on 11/12/2011 4:01:30 PM PST by G Larry (Catholic Conservative Supporting Israel!)
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To: Recon Dad

........”we always smoked around the back of that building, go figure”.

Not as much as you’re smokin’ now!


23 posted on 11/12/2011 4:03:14 PM PST by G Larry (Catholic Conservative Supporting Israel!)
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FReepathon Day 43!

24 posted on 11/12/2011 4:56:11 PM PST by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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To: 1010RD

Excuse me. I stand corrected, I failed to take into account the sheer stupidity of muslims.


25 posted on 11/12/2011 5:11:02 PM PST by calex59
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To: G Larry
“Huge” = not nearly big enough!

All we can hope is that they are as sloppy with nuclear weapons as they apparently are conventional ones.
26 posted on 11/12/2011 5:17:48 PM PST by JSteff ((((It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.))))
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To: JSteff

Perhaps is was not slovenly housekeeping

Think General Intelligence Presidency


27 posted on 11/12/2011 5:27:11 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: JerseyanExile

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.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4147290,00.html


28 posted on 11/13/2011 11:48:02 AM PST by JerseyanExile
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