Iranian paramilitary Revolutionary Guards claim two of their operatives died from injuries sustained in unexplained fire the day before
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Iranian paramilitary Revolutionary Guards said Monday that two of their operatives died from injuries sustained in an unexplained fire the day before.
The Guard said the fire broke out on Sunday at a warehouse in what it described as a “research self-sufficiency center” west of the capital, Tehran. At least three members of the Guard were injured, two of whom later died. The statement did not provide further details.
The powerful Guard heads the Research and Self-Sufficiency Jihad Organization, which the US Treasury sanctioned in 2017 for its “ballistic missile research and development” work.
There have been no immediate images of the blaze on social media or other reports pointing to the site of the blaze, although the Guard operates numerous facilities on the outskirts of Tehran.
Missiles and other sensitive sites in Iran have already seen fires. Most notable came in 2011, when an explosion at a missile base near Tehran killed Revolutionary Guard commander Hassan Tehrani Moghaddam, who was leading the paramilitary force’s missile program, and 16 others. Initially, authorities described the blast as an accident, although a former prisoner later said the guard questioned him on suspicion that Israel caused the blast.