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15 killed in Iran's military base explosions, more casualties feared


12:07, November 13, 2011

TEHRAN, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- At least 15 people were killed and many more injured after two huge successive explosions hit a military base southwest of the Iranian capital of Tehran on Saturday, local media reported.

The blasts took place in an ammunition depot belonging to the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in the village of Bidganeh in the vicinity of Malard in the Northern Alborz province close to Tehran.

The semi-official Fars news agency reported that some members of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission had confirmed the blasts at the IRGC base, while the state TV quoted an IRGC official as saying that "some of those injured are in critical condition.

The official meanwhile said that investigations into the fatal explosions are underway, according to the state TV.

Windows of buildings near the site, about 35 km west of Tehran, were shattered, and residents in Tehran also felt the shock caused by the explosions.

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