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Iran denies Israeli, US involvement in IRGC's base blast


10:01, November 17, 2011

TEHRAN, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces Major General Hassan Firouzabadi rejected on Wednesday media reports on Israeli or U.S. involvement in Nov. 12 blast at an Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) base near Tehran, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

"The recent incident and blast is not linked to Israel or America," Firouzabadi said at a ceremony held in Tehran to commemorate the victims in the blast.

Two successive explosions in a garrison of the IRGC killed 17 of its members on Saturday, some 35 km away from the Iranian capital of Tehran.

Senior commander of the IRGC Hassan Moqaddam, chief of IRGC's Autonomous Jahad Organization, which is involved in promoting the country's independence in several areas, including missile technology, was killed in the explosions.

On Wednesday, Firouzabadi said that after the explosions in IRGC's base, the production of a very important project which has been the result of domestic research at the center was disrupted for two weeks, said Fars.

Firouzabadi did not elaborate on the project, but he said that the base and its personnel would soon resume their work.

While some western media reported that Israel's intelligence agency, Mossad, is linked to the Nov. 12 blast in Iran, Head of the IRGC Public Relations General Ramezan Sharif has also ruled out the possibility of acts of sabotage behind the blast.

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