Iran exile group claims blast hits missile base

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Posted: Nov 12, 2011 12:39 PM
Iran exile group claims blast hits missile base

An Iranian exile group claims that a blast at a military installation near Tehran has resulted from the explosion of rockets at a base for the missile forces of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps.

A former spokesman for the Mujahedin-e Khalq or MEK in Washington, citing reliable sources inside Iran, said Saturday that the explosion hit the Modarres Garrison of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps west of Tehran. Alireza Jafarzadeh said the garrison belongs to the IGRC's missile unit and the blasts "resulted from the explosion of IRGC missiles."

Iranian officials said the blast was the result of an accidental explosion at an ammunition depot. They said it killed at least 27 soldiers.

Iran has been hit by several mysterious explosions in recent years but an Iranian lawmaker ruled out sabotage.