An explosion rocked western Tehran on Friday, according to state media reports, causing widespread power outages in two residential and nervous Iranian areas awakened for the third consecutive week by an early morning explosion.
The exact location of Friday’s explosion was unclear, but analysts said there are several military and training facilities in the area that could be subject to sabotage. A cause was not immediately determined.
“There are two underground structures, a site associated with chemical weapons research and an unidentified military production site,”
It was the third major explosion that occurred in Iran between midnight and 3am for three consecutive weeks. The first two explosions occurred in the main military and nuclear bases – in Khojir, home to the country’s largest missile production facility; and at the Natanz nuclear base, in a building that housed the centrifuge complex.
Iran described the Khojir episode as an explosion of a gas tank. Independent analysts said it was It is not clear whether the cause was an accident, a sabotage or something else, although they noted that Iran had initially given a misleading position.
Iran has not publicly disclosed the results of its investigation into the Natanz explosion, citing national security concerns.
But a Middle Eastern intelligence officer with knowledge of the episode stated that Israel was responsible for the attack on the Natanz nuclear complex, using a powerful bomb. A member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, informed of the matter, also claimed that an explosive was used.
The series of explosions has the Iranians at the limit, amid the coronavirus pandemic, a currency in free fall and economic difficulties.
Explosion after explosion? How many security holes do you have? An Iranian asked on Twitter.