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Iran's top ballistic missile program commander killed in 'accidental' explosion

Tehran, Mon, 14 Nov 2011 ANI

Tehran, Nov 14 (ANI): One of the top commanders in Iran's ballistic missile program has been killed in an explosion at a Revolutionary Guard base.


According to the Telegraph, Brigadier General Hassan Moghaddam's death has prompted speculation that Mossad, the Israeli intelligence service was involved in the blast.


Moghaddam was said to be 'responsible for industrial research aimed at ensuring self-sufficiency of the Revolutionary Guards' armaments', a coded way of confirming reports that he was responsible for its missile inventory.


The authorities claimed the explosion was caused by an accident that happened as ammunition was being moved.


But the high-profile status of its main victim adds to speculation that it was an act of sabotage aimed at the country's nuclear weapons programme, the report said.


A US-based commentator having good sources in the Israeli military community said he had been told it was carried out by Mossad, co-operating with an exile group, the People's Mojaheddin of Iran (MEK).


He drew comparisons with an explosion at a base housing Shahab-3 long-range missiles just over a year ago that killed 18 people, and which was also put down by the authorities to a fire in an ammunition depot. (ANI)


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