Iran drone strike: Military plant hit, Tehran says


Drones attacked a military factory in Iran’s central city of Isfahan, Tehran said on Sunday.

“An explosion has occurred in one of the military centers linked to the defense ministry,” Isfahan Governorate’s deputy chief of security, Mohammad Reza Jan-Nesari, told the semi-official Fars News Agency.

Jan-Nesari said the explosion caused some damage, “but luckily there were no casualties.”

The state news agency IRNA later said the explosion was caused by “small drones”.

“There was a failed attack by small drones on a Ministry of Defense industrial complex and luckily with forecasts and air defense arrangements already in place, one of them was (struck),” IRNA said in a post on Twitter, citing the country’s Ministry of Defense.

“The air defense system of the complex was able to destroy two other drones. Fortunately, no one was killed in this failed attack and there was minor damage to the roof of the complex.”

The ministry said the attack occurred at 10:30 p.m. local time.

The factory is located about 440 kilometers south of Tehran.

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In recent years, several explosions and suspicious fires have occurred around Iranian military and nuclear facilities.

In July 2020, a fire broke out at Iran’s Natanz nuclear complex, a site that has been key to the country’s uranium enrichment program, in Isfahan province, south of the capital Tehran. Iranian authorities decided not to publicly disclose the findings about the cause of the fire due to security concerns, Iran’s Supreme National Security Council said.

The following year, a blackout occurred in Natanz on the anniversary of National Nuclear Day, with Iran’s Atomic Energy Agency (AEOI) calling it a “terrorist action”. The Israeli army chief seemed to hint at possible Israeli involvement in the incident.

In October 2019, a National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) oil tanker was hit and damaged by two missiles. A spokesman for the National Iranian Tanker Company initially suggested that it could have been fired from Saudi soil, but that was later rejected and the Iranian government did not come up with a different conclusion.

Earlier that year, a truck loaded with explosives exploded and hit a bus carrying members of the Iranian Army’s Revolutionary Guards in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan, killing at least 23 and injuring 17. A separatist group called Jaish al-Adl, or Army of Justice, claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing.

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