Monday Nov 14, 201108:41 AM GMT
Leader pays tribute to IRGC martyrs
Mon Nov 14, 2011 7:42AM
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Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei pays tribute to the IRGC martyrs, November 14, 2011
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has paid tribute to members of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) who were killed in an explosion at a IRGC base in west of Tehran.

A number of IRGC commanders and Iranian officials also attended the commemoration ceremony which was held in Tehran on Monday, IRNA reported.

The explosion happened on Saturday 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.

A total of 17 IRGC forces, including Brigadier General Hassan Tehrani Moqaddam, were killed and 16 others were seriously injured in the explosion.

The IRGC announced that the explosion occurred as the troops were moving munitions inside the barracks.

On Sunday Head of the IRGC Public Relations Department Lieutenant General Ramezan Sharif ruled out the possibility of sabotage, saying that Investigations to determine the main cause of the incident are underway.

Sharif added that all casualties were IRGC personnel and no civilians were killed or injured.

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