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Majlis to probe IRGC base blast: MP
Sun Nov 13, 2011 7:39PM
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Chairman of Iran's Majlis (parliament) National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Alaeddin Boroujerdi
A senior Iranian lawmaker says Iran's Majlis (parliament) will look into the blast which killed 17 and injured 16 people at an Islamic Revolution Guards Corps military base in Tehran.


Head of Iran's Majlis (parliament) National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Alaeddin Boroujerdi told IRNA on Sunday that Majlis would investigate the explosion at the Modarres Military Base on Monday along with IRGC officials.

The explosion happened on Saturday at around 1 p.m. local time (0730 GTM) when a munitions depot caught fire at the IRGC base in Bidgeneh village -- located on the outskirts of Shahryar city and about 35 kilometers (21 miles) west of Tehran.

Head of the IRGC Public Relations Department Lieutenant General Ramezan Sharif said on Sunday that Investigations to determine the main cause of the incident are underway and that the public will be informed of the findings.

Sharif also ruled out the possibility of acts of sabotage being behind the blast, adding that investigations are ongoing to determine the “main cause” of the incident.

Initial reports had cited “relocation of ammunition” as being behind the explosion.

Given the sensitivity of ammunition, there is always the possibility of such accidents during their transportation, Boroujerdi said.

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