Huge explosion rocks arms factory in central Iran: Military site is hit by ‘drone strike’ by unidentified attacks as global tensions rise
- Loud explosion struck the factory close to Iran’s central city of Isfahan overnight
- Huge flames engulfed the facility and plumes of black smoke rose from the area
A huge fire has erupted at an Iranian military industry factory following a suspected drone strike – as mystery surrounds who was responsible for the attack.
A loud explosion struck the factory close to Iran’s central city of Isfahan overnight amid rising global tensions.
Footage close to the scene shows huge flames engulfing the facility and plumes of black smoke rising from the area, while emergency vehicles and fire trucks could be seen outside the complex.
The extent of the damage could not be independently confirmed, but officials in Tehran’s Defence Ministry have said the explosion caused only minor damage to the roof of a workshop building and there were no casualties.
A loud explosion struck the factory close to Iran’s central city of Isfahan overnight, officials have said
A statement to State television said: ‘Around 11.30pm (8pm GMT) on Saturday night, an unsuccessful attack was carried out using micro Aerial Vehicles (MAVs) on one of the ministry’s workshop sites.’
Officials said one drone was shot down, while a further two were ‘caught in defence traps and blew up’.
It added: ‘The attack has not affected our installations and mission… and such blind measures will not have an impact on the continuation of the country’s progress.’
Elsewhere, a large fire broke out at a motor oil factory in an an industrial zone near the northwestern city of Tabriz on Sunday. No further information has been made available about the blaze.
The drone attack comes amid tensions with the West over Tehran’s nuclear work and supply of arms for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, as well as months of anti-Government demonstrations.
Iran has also in the past accused Israel of planning attacks by using agents inside Iranian territory.
In July, Tehran said it had arrested a sabotage team made up of Kurdish militants working for Israel who planned to blow up a ‘sensitive’ defence industry centre in Isfahan.
It currently remains a mystery as to who is responsible for the drone attack, though Tehran maintains the damage was limited
An Israeli military spokesperson declined comment when asked if the country was responsible for the attack.
Israel has long said it could attack Iran if diplomacy fails to curb Tehran’s nuclear or missile programmes, but has a policy of withholding comment on specific incidents.
In Ukraine, which accuses Iran of supplying hundreds of drones to Russia to attack civilian targets in cities far from the front, a senior aide to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy linked the incident directly to the war there.
Politician Mykhailo Podolyak tweeted: ‘War logic is inexorable & murderous. It bills the authors & accomplices strictly. Explosive night in Iran – drone & missile production, oil refineries. Did warn you.’
Several Iranian nuclear sites are understood to be located in the Isfahan province, including Natanz, the centrepiece of Iran’s uranium enrichment programme, which it accuses Israel of sabotaging in 2021.
There have been a number of explosions and fires around Iranian military, nuclear and industrial facilities in recent years.
Officials said one drone was shot down, while a further two were ‘caught in defence traps and blew up’
Footage close to the scene shows huge flames engulfing the facility and plumes of black smoke rising from the area
Talks between Tehran and world powers to revive a 2015 nuclear pact have stalled since September.
Under the pact, abandoned by Washington under President Donald Trump, Iran agreed to limit nuclear work in return for easing of sanctions.
Iran has acknowledged sending drones to Russia, but says they were sent before Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine last year.
The Kremlin denies its forces use Iranian drones in Ukraine, although many have been shot down and recovered there.
Tehran has also faced internal turmoil in recent months, with a crackdown on widespread anti-Government demonstrations spurred by the death in custody of a woman held for violating rules on dress.
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